Science Museum launches competition for children to create cunning summer invention

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 August 2013

The practicalities of a long car journey, tent pitching and the wilds of the countryside can bring problems as well as joys on a summer’s day. With this in mind, the Science Museum has launched a competition for children with a lucrative prize.

A photo of two children playing with science equipment
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Eight-to-16 year-olds are being asked for their suggestions to cope with the hot weather (“a sunshade for an ice-cream” is among the museum’s ideas), with the winning invention earning a 3-D printer worth £2,000. Their masterplan will also be created with one of the hotly-debated ink-churners and put on display.

“Summer in Britain may be fun but can present lots of nuisances,” said Mark Champkins, the museum’s Designer-in-Residence, by way of sparking a few brainwaves.

“Think about the pet hates that most people have at this time of year and imagine what type of marvellous invention could help overcome the problem.”

Champkins, who will be part of the judging panel, is particularly wary of sandy ice-creams and rainy barbecues. The competition is part of the current 3-D Summer Season at the Science Museum.

More pictures:

A photo of a pair of 3-d glasses
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A photo of a clock operating around a pair of lemons
© Science Museum / SSPL
A photo of a man with a green light on his head in a darkened room
© Jigpu
A photo of children watching a 3-D cinema show
© Science Museum
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