Science fair inspires new tool for truckies
Matamata may have its newest agricultural entrepreneur, thanks again to the local intermediate school’s science fair.
James Harrison, 12, made a speed winder for his entry in the year 8 technology section of the fair.
The invention winds up ropes that truckies and farmers use to hold down loads that they are trucking around.
The unique aspect of the winder, as there are some already on the market, is that each rope has its own separate track so ropes don’t get tangled.
James came up with the idea after his uncle, who carts hay from the King Country, complained about the issue and showed him his own more rudimentary prototype.
James made three prototypes before settling on the final design, although he wants some truckies to test the product. He also wants to develop marketing material.
As he received a highly commended by the judges, James will be one of 12 students going to the regional East Waikato Science Fair.
James is a neighbour of Patrick Roskam, who invented his Gudgeon Pro 5-in-1 fencing tool when he was a year 8 student at Matamata Intermediate for the science fair.
We’re sure it will be interesting to see if James will have as much success outside of science fairs as Patrick has.