Our Own Little Einstein

Congratulations to Claire in Year 5 at Holy Cross Kincumber. Claire has been announced as one of the four finalist from NSW in the Origin Energy Little Big Idea Competition. This competition seeks to find big, innovative ideas from our younger generation that will shape our future. Claire’s big idea may save our world from dumping half a billion pieces of plastic into our landfill by replacing plastic bread clips with biodegradable clips made from materials. It only takes one great idea to change the world! Good luck with your idea in the judging for the National Finals Claire – we are very proud of you.

This article is from the October 25 issue of The Daily Telegraph Digital Edition. To subscribe, visit https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/.


THEY are little inventors with big ideas — and all four NSW finalists in an Australiawide competition to win a $10,000 education and innovation grant are girls.

Their bright ideas range from an eco-friendly bread clip to a kid-friendly hearing aid.

Claire Hinchliffe, 10, has big plans to help save our environment by introducing the bread-saver , an improved bread-bag clip made from biodegradable recycled cardboard .

“My little big idea will prevent over 500 million plastic bread clips going to waste each year,” Claire, from Holy Cross Catholic School at Kincumber , said.

“And even though they’re really small, almost every single household in the world has bread and uses bread clips, I have a bread roll for lunch every day.” Hannah Sistrom, 11, has invented the emoti-watch , a way to help autistic children communicate emotional distress using emoticons.

“Whether you are in the higher or lower end of the spectrum, it can be hard to communicate how you are feeling sometimes,” Hannah, from Ermington West Public School, said.

Caitlyn Whitbread, 13, from Kirrawee High School, was inspired by her sister to invent a hearing aid for kids that can be paired with tech devices.

“My little sister has a hearing aid and I tried to think of ways I can help her because I know it’s really uncomfortable for her to wear headphones with her hearing aid,” Caitlyn said.

Indi Maguire, 10, is also trying to improve life in the classroom for hearing-impaired students with the read function, a microphone that transcribes a teacher’s speech into text.

“I came up with this idea from my own experience with impaired hearing and sometimes struggling to understand discussions in class,” Indi, from Saint Andrews Primary School, Malabar, said.

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