Lucas' Award Winning Invention
Year 3 student, Lucas Schuetze, found instant fame with his clever invention for a foot-controlled hand sanitising dispenser. Lucas first appeared on the news from outside his King’s classroom with his invention last term, and featured in the Courier Mail last weekend with the announcement that he was selected as one of the top 12 finalists for the Origin Little Big Ideas competition.
Lucas named his invention the ‘Clean Machine’ after looking at the current use of hand-pumped sanitisers and wondering ‘who cleans the sanitiser bottle?’ Lucas’ mum, Anna, was keen to help him to pursue his idea for a hand sanitising system controlled by a foot pump, so Lucas drew his design to work out the mechanics, then constructed it using LEGO before creating his final prototype.
Origin CEO, Frank Calabria, commented that the competition encourages Australian kids to explore their creative potential to solve real-world problems, and Origin are always impressed by the ideas they receive. From over 2,000 entries this year, Lucas was selected as the top 3 in his category and the top 12 overall, already earning himself $1,000 toward his education, one-on-one mentoring to refine his idea, and the chance to win a $10,000 Education and Innovation Grant. The three grand final winners will be announced in mid-November and we wish Lucas all the best with his final submission. King’s is very proud of your enterprising spirit, keep up your amazing work!Origin Winners' Announcement