Beecroft’s young in­ven­tor could be jet­ting off to NASA

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An­thony Foong, age 11, from Beecroft Pub­lic School has been recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia’s top young in­ven­tors from more than 3,000 en­tries in Ori­gin’s lit­tleBIGidea com­pe­ti­tion.

An­thony was been awarded $1,000 for his idea and headed to Mel­bourne for a de­sign work­shop along with 11 other young in­ven­tors. He cre­ated a pro­to­type of his idea as part of his pitch to be crowned one of Ori­gin’s lit­tleBIGidea na­tional win­ners and win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­tre in the USA.

An­thony’s award win­ning A-Watch is de­signed to save lives for ana­phy­lac­tic by swiftly self-in­ject­ing med­i­ca­tion and alert­ing med­i­cal ser­vices quickly while some­one is in ana­phy­lac­tic shock. The A-Watch fea­tures a med­i­cal com­part­ment con­tain­ing med­i­ca­tion with built in ca­pa­bil­i­ties to also mon­i­tor a per­son’s heart rate, lo­ca­tion and con­tact emer­gency con­tacts.

Fol­low­ing the work­shop hosted by Ori­gin and En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders Aus­tralia, all 12 stu­dents made a fi­nal video pitch for the lit­tleBIGidea judg­ing panel.

Na­tional win­ners – one from each age cat­e­gory – will be an­nounced in late Novem­ber.

Well done An­thony.

An­thony Foong

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