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’.