Sci­ence fair in­spires new tool for truck­ies

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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