To celebrate the launch of our next-generation MIS software, SIMS Primary, we invited primary schools to encourage their pupils to think about the future of technology with a competition and supporting lesson plan.
The competition gave pupils the opportunity to design a piece of technology for the future and submit their designs to be in with a chance of winning a £1,000 visit for their school from Sublime Science. That competition is now closed with hundreds of entries having been received from schools all over the UK.
After much deliberation, our panel of judges whittled the competition down to the final five entries, from which the overall winner was then selected. One theme which ran through many of the entries was the desire of our primary school children to invent something that doesn’t so much benefit them, but which helps people in need – whether they be elderly, homeless or from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, many of the entries looked to resolve environmental factors, such as pollution or recycling.
After narrowing the field down to the final entrants, our judges eventually selected an overall winner – but first, here’s the other finalists, all of which were worthy of recognition and commendation for their excellence.
Sparkles Meals on Hooves
The invention of five-year-old Natalie, this invention delivers meals to poorly children in hospital. In Natalie’s words: “It is shaped like a Unicorn and it makes people happy.”
The Animal Un-Extinctor
This is a machine that brings back extinct animals from the past, as designed by Lily and Mathilda. By typing in an extinct animal’s name, the machine brings back that animal. According to Lily and Mathilda, it will make our lives better by having more animals in the world and we can find out more about dinosaurs.
The Anti-Pollution Car
Seven-year-old James designed a car that sucks in pollution, with a machine inside the car that turns the pollution into clean air. In turn, the clean air is then sent all over the world via a small exhaust pipe, allowing us all to breath better, as James reports.
The Super Alarm Clock
An invention for anyone who doesn’t like getting up in the morning – it wakes people up if they don’t wake up, according to seven-year-old Aqsa. If you don’t wake up, the clock spills water on your face – if you still don’t wake up, it will hit you with a pillow. If you still don’t wake up, it will pour cold water on you. All in the name of getting up in time for school.
All of which just leaves one more finalist – our overall winner. Selected for its ingenuity, creativity and the overall effort that went into imagining and making the entry, our winner – and it was a very close decision – went to: -
Designed by seven-year-old Aidan, the Botanist is a robot that can plant, water and look after crops. Aidan explains that it knows how to look after all types of crops and can even scare away birds or spray crops to protect them from bugs and pests. Once the crops are ready, the Botanist can collect and deliver them.
One aspect of the Botanist that really made it appeal to our judges was its suitability for poorer countries, including special solar panels that charge its batteries, making great use of available sun light and helping people to grow food in challenging circumstances.
Congratulations to our winner and to all our finalists, who were selected from a huge field of entries – we’ll be in touch to arrange our amazing prize for the winner’s school, a £1,000 educational visit from Sublime Science and keep an eye out for more competitions like this in the future.