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Aussie Student Inventions

New competition coming in Term 3, 2021!

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ClickView’s Aussie Student Inventions Competition is Back for 2021

In 2020, we ran a nationwide search for Australia’s next generation of inventors. Hundreds of students from around Australia entered, pitching their inventions to our panel of experts. From a huge selection of innovative entries, the judges narrowed the field and selected winners in each category (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary). Check out our 2020 winners below.

Primary winners: It’s a tie!

Dom’s DAB Device

Dominic Fisher
Sacred Heart Primary School

Primary winners: It’s a tie!

Safe-N-Sea

Jack Lantry
St Joseph’s Primary School, East Maitland

Lower Secondary winner

Epinject

Jorja Suga
Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton

Upper Secondary winner

Bin-It-Right

Poppy Briggs and Lucy Lönnqvist
St Mary’s Anglican Girls School

Prizes: Mentoring and $3,000 up for grabs!

The popular competition is running again in Term 3 this year, with $3,000 awarded to each category winner. All winners will also get access to money-can’t-buy mentoring and guidance from our panel, to help make your concept or prototype a reality.

Got an idea to change the world?

To coincide with National Science Week, entries will open on 22 August and close on 17 September 2021. Individual students and group entries accepted. Have your whole class participate, as individuals or groups.

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How to enter

Your invention can be of any type, size or functionality. It could solve a problem, make life more interesting or just be incredibly cool. You can submit your entry in one of three categories: primary, lower secondary, upper secondary. Make sure you include both parts – A and B.

Part A

A written submission including:

  1. Your name/names and school
  2. The name of the invention
  3. A description of your invention
  4. What problem you’re solving, or how your invention makes life better
  5. The challenges you faced in the inventing process, and how you overcame them
Part B

A 2-minute video, including:

  1. The invention, as a working model, a prototype, computer graphics, drawings or photos
  2. The process of how you developed the invention
  3. You must mention an Australian inventor or inventing team that inspires you, and why, from the series, Aussie Inventions That Changed The World. You can view the full series on ClickView with the links below.

You’ll get full details about the criteria, curriculum links and how to submit your entry in an email in July. Just register your interest below for updates.

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New competition coming in Term 3, 2021

Judge Bios

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Mentor and Judge: Sally Dominguez

Sally Dominguez is an inventor, serial entrepreneur, architect and futurist with seven international product awards. Sally designed the Adventurous Thinking innovation strategy used as a 10X Mindset by organisations including NASA. She judged Car of the Year for 10+ years, was an expert judge on ABC’s New Inventors, and co-hosted Aussie Inventions That Changed The World. Sally is an ambassador for Good Design Australia, Faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley and teaches Adventurous Thinking at Stanford.

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Mentor and Judge: Dr Niraj Lal

Dr Niraj (Nij) Lal is an Australian physicist, presenter and author. He’s a principal at the AEMO, hosts Imagine This, is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at ANU, and Director of First Principles. In 2012, Nij graduated as a Gates Scholar with a PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Nij has taught Science at levels ranging from pre-school to post-graduate and, in 2016, was named one of the ABC’s Top 5 Scientists Under 40.

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Mentor and Judge: Evan Clark

Evan Clark graduated from UNSW in 2003 with a Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering. While studying, Evan invented a way to deliver on-demand HD video to schools over IP networks using MPEG-4 compression standard. The underlying invention was “predictive file transfer” and led to his co-founding of ClickView in 2003. Evan won the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award (Emerging category, Eastern Region). He continues to enhance education by leveraging immersive rich-media technology in AR and AI-driven non-linear video playback.

Watch ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World’ for inspiration

Led by a team of four expert hosts, this entertaining series uncovers how each invention worked, why it was extraordinary in its time and the conditions that lead to its ultimate successes, with a few instructive failures along the way. Comedian, actor and, well, brainiac Matt Parkinson heads up a team of expert co-hosts; science journalist Anja Taylor, inventor Sally Dominguez and historian David Hunt. They investigate four different inventions within each episode, linked by a common theme.

Episode 1 – Home Life
The surprising stories behind four helpful household inventions to improve Home Life: Gilbert Toyne created
an Aussie backyard icon – the rotary clothes hoist – only to have it made famous by someone else. Myra Taylor improved women’s lives with her Boneless Corset leaving a legacy of freedom we still enjoy today. Mervyn Richardson forever changed the suburban landscape with his Victa Lawnmower, while Dr Steve Cummings and Bruce Thompson achieved huge water savings around the world with the Dual Flush Toilet.

Episode 2 – Communication
Australian inventors have boldly re-imagined communication across the spectrum of technologies: Graeme Clark’s
extraordinary Bionic Ear delivered deaf patients the sound of speech; John O’Sullivan and his CSIRO team created the world’s first high-speed WiFi that dramatically changed the communication landscape worldwide; Henry Sutton’s visionary ‘Telephane’ was designed in Ballarat decades before the Television and post-master James Raymond established the world’s first Pre-Paid Postage system in Sydney in 1838 with his delightfully simple pre-paid envelope.

Episode 3 – Wartime
The fires of war become the forges of Australian invention. William Scurry invented a decoy Drip Rifle to
help Anzacs safely evacuate from Gallipoli. Alexander Worsfold built his all-terrain Transporter to hurry injured soldiers to field hospitals on the Western Front. Adelaide-born Howard Florey and his team developed the wonder drug Penicillin that was first deployed amongst infected allied soldiers during World War Two. And from Wollongong, Evelyn Owen’s Sub Machine Gun out-performed its competitors and become known as ‘the diggers’ darling’.

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Competition FAQs

Need more info? Browse our FAQs below or send your questions to info@clickview.com.au.

We don’t have a ClickView subscription, can we still enter the competition?
Yes! We welcome entries from all Australian schools. The competition is free to enter and open to the wide education community. It’s a fun way to inspire the next generation and a great activity for students to get involved in.
Where can I watch ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World’?
To make the most of preparing for the competition, we encourage you to watch Aussie Inventions that Changed the World. Scroll down and click the videos below.

If your school doesn’t have a ClickView subscription, no problem. We can arrange free access until the end of Term 3, 2021 for your staff and students so you can watch the series. Please contact us here.
How is the competition linked to the curriculum?
The Aussie Inventions That Changed The World series is aligned to multiple outcomes in the Australian Curriculum. View the curriculum links here. As part of the competition, we encourage your students to watch the series for inspiration.
How can I share this competition with staff and students?
We’re working on a suites of resources, including announcement letters and social media graphics for you to share with your staff, students and parents. Register your interest and we’ll send you the resource pack in July.

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