Origin of an idea
YOUNG inventor Olive Forbes’ dream came true when she was named a finalist of Origins littleBigidea competition.
“I don’t want to forget this because it’s been one of the most amazing things in my life,” the 11-year-old said.
The Year 6 Iona Presentation Junior School student is the only student in WA to be named one of 11 top young inventors in Australia.
The Coogee resident, who is part of the competition’s Year 5 and 6 category, has created a pollution solution compost bin designed to reduce plastic pollution through the use of wax moth larvae to break down plastic.
Her prototype features a home-based humidity controlled glass dome where wax worms can breed, eat and live safely.
Olive said the liquid worm waste produced by her invention would be used as fertiliser when diluted.
“I did this project on plastic and started researching about the horrible effects it has on the environment and came across wax worms,” she said.
“If we had these wax worms in our houses to break down 1.25 billion tonnes of plastic we produce every year, it could save the world and so I invented a home based wax worm compost bin.”
Olive has a one in four chance of being crowned one of Origin’s littlebigidea national winners, which would win her a trip to NASA’S Kennedy Space Centre in the US.
Olive Forbes has been recognised as one of Australia’s top young inventors. Picture: Andrew Ritchie COLLIE man Sean Fisher (22) has been remanded in custody to appear at Perth Magistrates Court for the alleged bashing and robbery of an Iranian grandmother (59) who suffered a broken jaw at Cottesloe Beach on October 16.At Bunbury Magistrates Court last Friday, Mr Fisher did not enter pleas for two charges of grievous bodily harm, robbery and aggravated robbery.It is alleged the tourist, who was visiting her family in Cottesloe, was hit and her handbag, cash and iphone taken after she refused a request for cigarettes while sitting near beach steps close to the Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club.Police will also allege Mr Fisher grabbed another woman from behind and stole her handbag at Warnbro train station several hours later.