Junior Einstein gets hot spot on TV show
Show us an ingenious invention and you could be on television.
That was the challenge to a class of year 5 students from Diocesan School for Girls.
The student who designed the best invention using the Let’s Get Inventin’ application for iPads would get to try out her idea on an episode of the television programme of the same name.
The students not only had to come up with a creative way of using renewable resources but they also had to perform a screen test to demonstrate their confidence in front of the camera.
The iPad application has two dials which users turn; one has various objects and the other suggests different ways to power them.
Phebe Mason was surprised her invention was chosen.
She came up with the idea of using people to power a mall escalator by harnessing the energy produced when they run.
‘‘It doesn’t use electricity but people will want to run because it will help them get fit,’’ she says.
‘‘There are a lot of great kids in the class who presented well but Phebe had the X factor,’’ Let’s Get Inventin’ producer Luke Nolan says.
Becoming a theatre actress is Phebe’s ultimate goal. She’s been a member of The National Youth Theatre Company for two years.
The episode will be filmed on May 18.
It has been decided that the school’s athletes will use stationary bicycles and rowing machines to power the escalator.
‘‘It will prove that the app does produce ideas that are crazy but actually can work,’’ Mr Nolan says.
The other eight episodes of the season will feature students whose ideas have been selected from around New Zealand.
The final will feature the overall winner and their invention will be patented.
Another of the application’s themes challenges children to invent a new musical instrument.
The Let’s Get Inventin’ team is hoping to extend this to other subjects such as encouraging children to create new toys or sports.
Diocesan School for Girls IT teacher Mark Edwards has been involved in creating the app’s educational notes for teachers.
The resources will provide support and show how the ideas link to the New Zealand curriculum.
‘‘To see the two worlds of education and apps coming together within a school culture has been really exciting and interesting at the same time.’’
Diocesan School for Girls year 5 student Phebe Mason pictured with IT teacher Mark Edwards.