Young inventor from Port Macquarie named finalist in Origin Little Big Idea 2021 competition | Port Macquarie News

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It all started when 12-year-old Alex Jordan of Port Macquarie was late for school and forgot to fill his pet’s water bowl. This was followed by a light bulb moment when Alex went shopping with his parents, with the idea of ​​trying to design a refrigerator with a built-in automatic pet water dispenser. The 13-year-old was recognized as one of Australia’s brightest young inventors among more than 1,100 entrants in the Origin Little Big Idea 2021 competition. “After I went shopping with mum and dad for a new refrigerator and I thought about the idea of ​​the water dispenser, my science teacher told me it would be a good idea to enter the competition, ”said Alex. “When I entered the competition, I had to send in a description of my invention and explain in more detail how it would work.” Alex has now been announced as one of the 12 finalists in the contest and will receive $ 1,000 and a one-on-one mentoring session from one of the three contest judges to help him move his idea forward. The contest has three age categories, with one winner from each receiving $ 10,000. Little Big Idea judge Dr Jordan Nguyen said picking a winner will be tough this year. “The extraordinary talent of this year’s cohort made it one of the most difficult years to judge,” he said. “I am blown away by the bold thinking and the creativity, and it is impressive to see how young Australians view the world around them and how their invention could contribute to a better future.” Alex’s parents, Paul and Ula Jordan, said they were very proud of their son. “It’s pretty inspiring. I think there would be a market for what Alex designed,” Mr. Jordan said. “It’s a great idea, we are very proud of him,” added Ms. Jordan. Now in its eighth year, Little Big Idea is designed to foster creativity and innovation in Australian children as part of Origin’s larger commitment to supporting education and nurturing future STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) from Australia. Major prize winners and finalists will be announced during the third week of November. “It’s very exciting for me and I can’t wait to be there,” said Alex. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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