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Those little ideas can have big outcomes

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August 08, 2017

DO YOU know a little person in Echuca-Moama with a big idea?

Because — depending how big of course — that idea might get them to NASA in the US.

Biomedical engineer, humanitarian, technology futurist, inventor and award-winning documentary maker and presenter Jordan Nguyen has joined forces with energy company Origin to reward budding junior inventors with recognition, industry support and a trip to NASA.

Dr Nguyen is the head judge and ambassador for the competition’s fourth year.

‘‘I am passionate about encouraging creativity and innovation from an early age to move towards being the great problem solvers of our future. So I’m excited to be involved with a competition that champions young Australians, providing them with opportunities to succeed and realise their own potential,’’ Dr Nguyen said.

‘‘I hope many more children will be inspired to participate in Origin’s littleBIGidea this year and I look forward to seeing the great ideas they come up with.’’

Applications for Origin’s littleBIGidea are open to inventors from grades three to eight until September 15.

Youngsters must summarise their idea in 200 words or less — describing what their idea is, what problem it is designed to solve, and how they came up with the idea.

The top 12 ideas will win $1000, participation in a design workshop, and support from an industry mentor to help develop their idea.

The best invention in each of the three age categories (grades 3-4, grades 5-6 and years 7-8) will win a trip to NASA.

■For information, visit littlebigidea.com.au

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