Back in October 2014, Rapid Online invited over 1000 primary schools to take part in a “Young Inventor” competition to find the country’s most creative young mind. The school children invited to take part were between the ages of 7 – 11 years old, meaning that there were bound to be some extremely creative inventions that only a child seeing the world through a child’s eyes would be able to envision! With a deadline of November 2014, over 250 designs poured in – with many more unfortunately missing the deadline.

Each entry received a score out of ten for three distinct elements:

  • Creativity
  • Practicality of Invention
  • Drawing

The winner of the Young Inventors competition (and four runners up) would receive a LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set and accompanying Software and Activity Pack for their classroom, to reward the competition winner and runners up for their creativity and help encourage their ideas and inventions further. These amazing prizes can be used as part of the recently updated national school curriculum which has replaced ICT with Computer Science, allowing children to use the prizes to build Lego models, connect them to the classroom computer and program them to perform various functions that they can interact with in real life. What an exciting and fun way to introduce programming and Computer Science to young children!

Well, the winner of the Young Inventors competition was announced recently and…. drum roll, please…. The winner was one of our own! The most creative young inventor in the country is Jamie Daniel Norris (Year 2) from Saint Pierre School in Leigh-on-Sea. Out of over 250 designs throughout the UK and Ireland. How amazing is that?!

Congratulations, Jamie!

Cloud Machine Invention - Young Inventors

Jamie Norris’ invention was a Cloud Machine, which allows you to collect clouds from rainy places and put them in dry places – as you can see in his intricately designed blueprints above.

And below, you can see Rapid Online have graphically re-designed little Jamie’s Cloud Machine invention beautifully. (Obviously not as good as the original, but a fantastic rendition all the same!)

Cloud Machine Invention - Young Inventors

The Four Runner Up Entries:

  1. Epilepsy Glasses by Alison Browne from Kildimo National School, Kildimo
  2. Life-giving Straw by Max Best from Aysgarth School, Bedale
  3. The Slider Table by Lucy Mehta from Ashfold School, Aylesbury
  4. Paste Brush by Andrew Mason from Gaelscoil Osraí, Kilkenny