Contest win for Jamie

A WATERPROOF, baby-proof power extension lead invented by 14-year-old Kyogle High School student Jamie Anderson has attracted the attention of the ABC's The New Inventors program.

After seeing two extension leads secured with a knot, Jamie began to wonder if there was not a safer way the leads could be joined.

He made a diagram of his idea and entered it in the Bright Ideas Competition, held as part of the Deadly Day festival of indigenous culture at Wollongbar TAFE.

His idea won, and Jamie's first prize was a helicopter ride.

“I was totally amazed,” Jamie said.

Careers advisor at Kyogle High School, Steve Ormond, said the judges were impressed with Jamie's capacity to think laterally.

“He has the ability to look at objects around him and find new ways to solve problems,” Mr Ormond said.

Mr Ormond said two of Jamie's inventions were likely to be patented.

Clunes-based industrial designer Tim Stevenson, one of the competition's judges, said Jamie had a remarkable ability to identify a need.

“He can come up with potentially novel concepts that are new,” he said.

Alison Page from The New Inventors, who also judged the competition, said she would like Jamie to come on the show.



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