Baaa-rilliant chance to take part in Shaun the Sheep design challenge

August 8th, 2014

Schools across the country are being invited to take part in a major public art project that will take place in 2015.

Organised by Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and Aardman Animations, Shaun in the City will see 120 giant sculptures of one of the world’s best loved animated characters released onto the streets of Bristol and London in two ewe-nique arts trails.

Shaun the Sheep’s creator Nick Park will be joined by an eclectic array of high-profile artists, designers, celebrities and local talent, who will each decorate a 5ft high sculpture for the major tourist attraction in 2015.

As part of the arts trail organisers are inviting schools to take part in a national design challenge aimed at children and young people – the task, to design their very own Shaun the Sheep sculpture and invent an innovative way to transport him back to the farm after he gets lost in the city.

The winning design will be decided by a public vote before being turned into a giant 5ft high Shaun the Sheep sculpture which will feature in exhibitions in Bristol and London at the end of the arts trail before being awarded to the winning school.

In addition to the challenge, schools can obtain a free interactive pack full of creative ideas to engage pupils, including lesson plans, top tips on how to draw Shaun the Sheep and ideas to inspire new inventions that can transport Shaun out of the city.

Participating schools across the country will also have the opportunity to buy a Shaun in the City ‘lamb,’ a 3ft high sculpture to decorate as they wish. The first 100 schools to register will get a special introductory/subsidised price.
The Intellectual Property Office has partnered Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and Aardman to create Shaun’s Cracking Design Challenge, which is sponsored by Pasta King.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of Intellectual Property commented: “Shaun in the City is an eye-catching and colourful initiative, reinforcing the importance of ideas generation and intellectual property, essential to safeguarding the careers of future British innovators. Schools and youth groups can now take up the challenge of getting Shaun back home to the farm in unique and innovative ways.

“I look forward to seeing some of the ‘cracking ideas’ entered into the competition.”

Guy Truman, Pasta King’s Sales & Marketing Director added: “We hope to engage with all of our schools over the coming months and build momentum for the fantastic Shaun the Sheep Design Challenge whilst continuing to help raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity”.

Amber Janney, of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, commented: “The Shaun the Sheep Design Challenge gives schools and children across the country a chance to join the flock and engage with one of the world’s most-loved animated characters.
“Next year is a big year for Shaun with the Shaun in the City arts trails, Shaun the Sheep the Movie and it’s also the Chinese Year of the Sheep. This makes it a fantastic time for children across the country to interact with the character whilst at the same time learning about animation, inventions and artistic design.”

The design challenge will run from September 2014 to May 2015 and is aimed at children and young people.

The Shaun in the City sculptures will appear in London in spring 2015 and Bristol in summer 2015, before being auctioned in the autumn to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity to support sick children in hospitals across the UK.

Shaun in the City is from the same team that created the award-winning Gromit Unleashed initiative, which saw Aardman’s lovable canine sidekick Gromit help raise £4.5 million for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.
The Shaun the Sheep Design Challenge will be available from September 2014. Schools can register their interest by e-mailing schools@shauninthecity.org.uk or by visiting http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk/schools.php

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Cracking Talent amongst UK’s Young People

June 25th, 2014

Cracking Ideas Winners and Finalists

National Winners and Regional Finalists with Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Aardman and Wallace & Gromit

Three innovative youngsters from England, Wales and Scotland have been awarded national prizes in the Cracking Ideas 2013-14 competition at a ceremony held at the M Shed Bristol today (19th June 2014). The competition is run by the Intellectual Property Office and Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit.

This year’s competition required pupils to devise a food related gadget or taste whilst highlighting the intellectual property attached.  This included a new gadget or product (patents), the visual appearance of said product (designs), a brand or logo to accompany the idea (trade marks) and any other creative elements (copyright) such as a catchy jingle.

The UK winners are:

Age 4-7 category – Poppy Westhorpe
Poppy Westhorpe of the Royal Masonic School invented the ‘Magic Spray’ to make her sister eat healthier food.  The magic spray makes all the bad tastes of vegetables to go away.

Age 8-11 category – Isaac Fender – Neath South Wales
Isaac invented the amazing ‘Waste No More Good Machine’ which allows you to store the best before dates of all the food you buy, alerting you what needs to be used up to reduce the volume of food going to waste.

Age 12-16 category  – Emma Ann Eales – Penicuik, Scotland
Emma Ann Eales has invented the ‘SciCook’ which makes you whatever food you want!  By linking your Apple or Android device, you can keep up to date on the progress of your food on the go.  It also recognises the scientific aspect of your food.

The worthy winners sought off tough competition from over 4,000 entrants and were each presented with an original trophy created by Aardman Animation studio and animation software.

Lord Younger, Minister for Intellectual Property said:
“I was hugely impressed by all of the cracking ideas entered in to this year’s competition.  They speak volumes about the ingenuity and talent of all the entrants.  We must actively support this kind of creativity and help young people translate their ideas into brilliant inventions.  It is key that we educate them in how to protect and make the most of their creations.”

“I congratulate the winners today on their outstanding effort and I am sure that they can look forward to bright futures.”

Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director at Aardman Animations said:

‘’I thought I’d seen it all but yet again there are some ingenious inventions in the finalists. I’m really glad to see the creative juices are still flowing. Long may it continue!’’

The competition is part of the Intellectual Property Office’s Cracking Ideas campaign headed by Wallace and Gromit, which aims to encourage innovation amongst school children.

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Gromit Invasion at Beaumont Primary School

June 10th, 2014

Host of Gromits

Beaumont School's Gromits

Young people from Beaumont Primary, Bolton have had the chance to become Aardman model makers thanks to a national innovation competition.

Year 6 students, Zayd and Dastegir, won first prize in a national competition organised by the Intellectual Property Office and First News.  As part of their prize, Zayd & Dastegir’s class won a visit from an Aardman model maker who demonstrated how to make a Gromit model before tutoring the class into making their own personal Gromit!

The Cracking Ideas competition required young adults to devise a food related gadget or taste whilst highlighting the intellectual property attached– a new gadget or product (patents), the visual appearance of said product (designs), a brand or logo to accompany the idea (trade marks) and any other creative elements (copyright) such as a catchy jingle.

For the competition, Zayd and Dastegir created a multitasking machine which helps people complete tasks like cooking within their busy lives.  The machine, the Multzer Pro IV is powered by solar panels to keep the environmental impact to a minimum.

‘We didn’t expect to win so it was a brilliant surprise when Mr Gandhi announced us as winners!’ said Zayd

‘Our design – the Multzer Pro IV, was our 9th draft. We created the idea of a multitasking machine, keeping in mind that everybody is always rushing around nowadays! We had the idea of solar panels as global warming is an issue – so as a result we thought, why not create something that benefits the environment too? So we did, and there you have it, The Multzer Pro IV!’

Nik Gandhi , year 6 Teacher at Beaumont Primary school said of the win:

‘A few weeks ago, whilst reading First News, some of the children spotted the competition to design a new kitchen invention. This sparked lots of enthusiastic designs and creations and each group worked extremely hard to create the best possible inventions. It is fantastic that two of our pupils won and the whole class were delighted to spend the day model making with such a world renowned animator!’

Valerie Fryer, head teacher of Beaumont Primary school said:

‘We are delighted and proud that two of our Year 6 pupils, Dastegir and Zayd, have won this prestigious prize, and really enjoyed working with the talented model makers of Wallace and Gromit’.

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Cracking Easter fun at W5 Belfast!

April 16th, 2014

We'd Love To See Your Cracking Ideas.

We'd Love To See Your Cracking Ideas.

We are excited to announce we will be visiting the W5 Science Centre, Belfast to give the young people of Northern Ireland to enter this year’s exciting competition.

We want to see your gastro gadgets and fantastic food innovations, and you could be in line to win exciting Wallace & Gromit models and goodies!

We will be at the W5 Science Centre, Odyssey, Belfast from 23rd – 24th April 2014.  We look forward to seeing you!

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A Cracking Idea for Schools

March 17th, 2014

Education Show

Education Show 2014

We are back on the road again, this week Cracking Ideas will be attending The Education Show 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.

At Cracking Ideas we want to empower young designers, makers and creators to appreciate the value in their productivity, and to understand and respect  the creativity of others.  Cracking Ideas is led by innovative duo Wallace & Gromit, and features an annual competition, stuff to do – games and eureka challenges, lesson plans and a news blog full of fun and useful information.

To pick up your free teaching resources and to find out more about our exciting competition visit us on stand G22 at the Education Show, The NEC  Birmingham from Thursday 20th March to Saturday 22nd March 2014.

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Get Cracking at the Big Bang Fair

March 12th, 2014

Big bang Fair

Big Bang Fair Logo

What do you get if you mix Wallace and Gromit with a Big Bang?

Cracking Ideas at the Big Bang Fair 2014!

It’s all go at Cracking Ideas HQ as we ready ourselves to attend the 2014 Big Bang Fair at the NEC, Birmingham.  The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK; and we will be packing our stand with exciting contraptions and a daily competition.  Make sure you bring your thinking cap and a host of exciting ideas and creations!

We will be based in the Farm to Fork Zone, stand F99 from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th March 2014.

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Oritse launches our new app!

February 25th, 2014

Music Inc Launch

We are excited to tell you all about a new app we have recently launched with those lovely people at Aardman Animations and UK Music.

Music Inc allows you to manage aspiring musicians, navigating your acts through their career by shaping their image, selecting songwriters, producers and studio technicians whilst making sure the bank manager is on side!  When releasing music you must choose how to release the music, and see the impact that decision could have on sales and piracy.

Oritse launched the app at Burlington Danes Academy, giving the lucky students a chance to play the game, find out about how it was developed and hear first hand form Oritse why he chose to support Music Inc, praising the app for teaching valuable business skills to youngsters.

If you have not tried Music Inc for yourself, it is available to download now for IOS and android devices from the Apple Store and Google Play.

 

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Festive Greetings!

December 23rd, 2013

At Cracking Ideas HQ we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It has been a very innovative year with our successful space competition receiving over 4600 entries- how awesome! The 2013 Cracking Ideas award ceremony took place at the fantastic Blackpool Pleasure Beach where the winners got to enjoy the Wallace & Gromit “Thrill-O-Matic” ride.

For this year’s competition we are looking for your fantastic foodie innovations. The competition launched in May and over the summer we run a number of creative workshops at the Gromit Unleashed shop in Cribbs Causeway.  There is still plenty of time to enter this year’s competition, so get cracking on your gastro gadget, food machine or new lunchbox design…the opportunities are endless!

It has been a cracking year so we’d just like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped make 2013 a success. It’s really inspiring meeting all you young innovators and seeing your brilliant inventions…so please keep your competition entries coming in!

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to another innovative year in 2014!

Season’s Greetings from Cracking Ideas team.

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Have a cracking Halloween…

October 31st, 2013

That hair-raising time of year is upon us once again and here at Cracking Ideas HQ we’ve lovingly carved our office pumpkin.

Whether you’re throwing a ghostly party, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples or bravely attending a mysterious ghost tour, we hope you have a spooktacular time!

Here are a couple of ghoulishly good patents for you to get your fangs around:

On October 13th 1903 M.I.Barnes patented the “Jack-O’-Lantern”. (Patent No.US741293)

The “Halloween board game” was patented by Cyrilla Dianne Pecoy on September 2nd 1997. (Patent No.US5662328)

Remember a patent protects how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made.

We want to see your creepy and creative pumpkin carvings. Send us your brilliant pumpkin designs for Halloween to ideas@crackingideas.com . If you are aged between 4-16 years old we will automatically enter you in this year’s Cracking Ideas competition -how fangtastic!

Happy Halloween from the Cracking Ideas Team

Happy Halloween!

 

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Cracking talent amongst UK’s youth!

October 16th, 2013

Four innovative youngsters from England and Wales have been awarded national prizes at the Cracking Ideas 2012-13 award ceremony held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
This year’s competition was literally out of this world! Entrants had to come up with a space related concept and highlight the intellectual property – a new gadget or product (patents), the visual appearance of said product (designs), a brand or logo to accompany the idea (trade marks) and any other creative elements (copyright) such as a catchy jingle.
The UK winners are:
Age 4-7 category
Amelia Regulski from Caerphilly and her supersonic ‘Space Suit’, built with flame blasting rocket boosters to guarantee safe space travel. With a specially designed helmet complete with Wallace and Gromit style on/off button, Amelia has covered both style and practicality.
Age 8-11 category
Sydney Davis from Bristol who created the IBIB for brilliance in ballet, on earth and in space. The ‘rocket twist tutu’ with miniature swivelling rockets creates effortless spins and twirls, whilst jet propelled ballet pumps ensures speed is not an issue.
Age 12-16 category
Dom Aly and Eddy Backhouse from Bolton who invented the WG1GYRO to propel Wallace and Gromit into space. With specially designed space suits, a roving WG Buggy complete with logos and ‘the super blaster’, Dom and Eddy have created the complete innovation package.
The worthy winners sought off tough competition from over 4,000 entrants and were each presented with an original trophy created by Nick Park’s Aardman Animation studio. They also received an animation software package and a Wallace and Gromit book signed by Nick Park.
Tom Lawton, designer and inventor said:
“The variety of entries was fabulous and could only be inspired by young minds. Life in space might not be as far away as we think and the entries seem to have relished the theme of this year’s challenge.”
Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director at Aardman Animations said:
“Wallace and Gromit are old hands at space travel but with so many real life space adventures happening at the moment space continues to inspire everybody. This year’s entrants really reflect that the sky is not the limit!”
The 2013-14 fabulous ‘foodie’ competition is currently running until 30 April 2014. Download your competition form here or email ideas@crackingideas.com to request a pack.

Cracking Ideas award ceremony 2012-13

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