RE-CYCLE SLIDE - STEPHANIE JONES
Stephanie Jones is a 12 year-old girl with a passion for recycling! Stephanie's amazing invention is an all-new waterslide made from recycled materials. The ‘Re-cycle Slide' is portable, solar powered, and fun! It can be set up by the sea or river and you can slip and slide all day. Water is sucked up through solar powered motors and sprinkled over the slide as long as the sun shines and the wind blows. With the help of Genesis Energy Stephanie creates a fun beach activity for the whole family. Stephanie's Goober Challenge proves that saving the planet by working with renewable resources can be extreme fun with a water slide tested on the Port Waikato sand dunes that beat any Wet and Wild rides you've ever seen!
Mentors assisting Stephanie are:
Malcolm Rands from the Eco-Store talking about the importance of recycling and renewable energy in terms of the environment.
ROASTER TOASTER - MATTHEW KEREAMA
Matthew lives the Inventin' dream by serving Paul Henry and the TVNZ Breakfast crew perfectly toasted bread live on national television. Matthew proves to the world that even the most mundane morning tasks can be explosive fun.
In the Ideas Lounge we have:
Tamati Coffey co-host of TVNZ Breakfast, here to test Matthew's invention live on morning television.
HOME SCHOOL TRAIN - DYLAN COURT
The ‘Home School Train' is Dylan Court's answer to Auckland's traffic problems! Dylan is an 8 year-old student at St Thomas's School who has been inspired by the walking school buses around his area. Dylan has invented an electric pedal-powered train that all passengers ride to get to school. You can join your ‘carriage' to the train as it arrives at your house on the way. You will beat everyone to school as the train can travel up to 15 km/hour!! Dylan not only impresses his mates by picking them up on the way but arrives to a cheering crown at school, proving that by thinking outside the square, all problems can have a delightful solution.
Mentors assisting Dylan in the Ideas Lounge
Claire Dixon from the Auckland City Council, Road Safety Authority is here to tell us about the rules on the footpath and how we can run Dylan's train on the footpath.
HAUL-UPS - MELISSA HYSLOP
16 year-old Melissa created ‘Haul Ups', crutches that help injured people move around more easily through a hydraulic system built into the crutch. Melissa is sick of using crutches that don't help her get up off the ground.
For those unlucky enough to need them how cool would it be to have electronic crutches that lengthen or shorten at the push of a button! Haul Ups are funky crutches that even fold up for easy storage on busses and cars.
Athlete William Pike who lost his leg in a Mt. Ruapehu eruption offers to complete the Goober Challenge: to get off the ground and climb the Auckland Skytower by foot! Despite William recent recovery from losing a leg to a mountainous eruption, he now has another mountain to climb on one leg!
The ‘Haul-Ups' design even has the attention of leading crutch manufacturers and if developed further could change the lives of the disabled for good.
In the Ideas Lounge we meet:
Erik Dombroski, physiotherapist from the AUT who works with crutches and teaches people to use crutches.
SUPER SURFER - JENNIFER BECKHAM
Jennifer Beckham is a young surfer with attitude! While learning to surf Jennifer came up with the Super Surfer, a surfboard with small jets to help young surfers catch a wave more easily. Tired of paddling for ages over giant waves, 14 year-old Jennifer thought a jet-propelled surfboard would be the perfect way to make surfing easier and even more fun! Steve Lowery builds a custom jet engine powered by a car starter motor and two 12 volt batteries all crammed into a custom made long board built by Jennifer and Glenn at Primal Surf.
To catch a wave at the press of a button is a lofty goal but with the help of Primal Surf and inventor Steve Lowery Jennifer jets her way to surfing history by even getting Geoff Bell up on a wave with super powers of invention. If a success this could revolutionise surf training and Murawia Surf School are there to help Geoff get up on his first wave.
NZ Surf Champion Troy Hurst is here to tell us all about how he learnt to surf and give an expert opinion of how a jet surfboard might help young surfers.
Martin from the Muriwai Surf School is here to offer the school's services to test the Super Surfer.
RYAN NICHOLLS - THE WASTE AWAY
Ryan Nicholls aged 8 from Auckland. The Waste-Away is an eco-friendly way to dispose of household and commercial food waste by converting old food into fertiliser. The Waste-Away is like a regular waste master but unique in that it separates the mulched food waste collecting it in a composting container. Over a period of time rich compost is made and dispensed automatically to be used on the garden to grow food. With waste masters pouring tonnes of food waste into the sewer every day this device would not only save money, it has the potential to reduce the city's sewerage output. Fertiliser is bought in bulk by commercial and private growers and represents a massive market potential. If Ryan's invention were to be installed in all homes in New Zealand, waste that is thrown out by the tonne every day could be converted into a product worth real money. In practice all is not well when Ryan's Mum objects to having her garden transformed into a compost factory so Ryan's challenge is sweeten the deal by convincing master landscape gardener Robert Luijten into transforming Mum's garden into a Eco-Wonderland.
In the episode mentors helping Ryan develop his idea are: Francesca Price sustainability advocate and editor of "Good" Magazine.
Krishant Rupen - amphibious go-cart
Krishant Rupen aged 10 from Auckland wants to build an amphibious go-cart for kids. New Zealand inventor Allan Gibbs has built the Aquada that you can buy for $250,000 but what is there for kids to zoom around on land and water? Nothing out there that kids can buy and build for themselves.
Krishant dreams of inventing something that any kid and his Dad can build in their shed at home. However it doesn't prove to be all that easy in reality so Simon Longdill, Chief Engineer from Buckley Systems who developed the Quadski for Gibbs Aquada comes to the rescue. He not only developed the Quadski but has built his own racing car engine. So Simon steps up to help Krishant build a working kid's version of the craft.
Emma Clucas - Scubi View
Emma Clucas aged 10 from Christchurch - Scubi View
A submersible camera for fishermen to see their hooks, bait and for them to actually see the fish that are attacking their lines. Emma was bored when fishing with her Dad and had always wondered what was going on down there when the fish were biting.
Designed to increase the enjoyment of the fishing experience and open up a whole new world for those in the boat. Fully controllable this device enables the operator to roam around underwater with Playstation-like controls and view the undersea life without the need to get wet.
Brent Shaw, Kiwi inventor and the builder of his own two-man submarine has stepped up to help Emma build her mini camera submarine. As part of the build Brent will even take Emma on a trip in his mini sub for a first hand experience in a submersible vehicle.
Mathew Johns - HOVERcyle
Mathew Johns aged 14 from Whanganui has invented the Hovercyle is a cross between a hover car and a lowriding tricycle. A mad, fun vehicle to ride, providing the friction free motion of a hovercraft combined with the control of a tricycle with a steering wheel, power and brake. Definitely falling into the crazy vehicle category this contraption has the unpredictability of a hovercraft that spins on the corners. When you bring it to a stop creates a fun new riding experience close to a stomach churning sideshow experience.
Race car champion Greg ‘Wildman' Perkins appears in the Ideas Lounge offering Matthew suggestions on how he might race these vehicles creating a whole new motor racing category. In fact he helps Matthew complete his Goober Challenge to complete the first lap ever of a hovercraft around the Pukekohi Raceway.
Tony Dance from A1 Mowers appears in the Ideas Lounge and supplies the motors to drive the hovercraft. Hovercraft Pilot David Vanbysterveldt provides hover knowledge and even gives Matthew a test drive of a real hovercraft as part of his research.
Jack Seers - RADIO CONTROLLED TOP
Jack Seers aged 12 from Christchurch has a new take on one of the oldest toys in the world, the spinning top, a timeless toy that never seems to have lost its appeal with children. Jack's R/C Top is a powered top with remote control centre weight that allows the top to be piloted in any direction.
In one of the maddest episodes of Let's Get Inventin' yet, Jack builds a large scale R/C Top using a Harley Davidson from dealership Auckland Motor Sports, The wheel spins forever providing gyro stability powered by an electric drill motor and on-board batteries. In a world first this top can be controlled to move in any direction. Jack's Goober Challenge is to battle a team of radio-controlled helicopters and vehicles in an awesome RC fight to the death! Jack may have a whole new sport on his hands here. Model builders, Gyro Constructivists come on board to build the RC Top using everyday items from Mitre 10 and RC gear donated from Browns Bay High Performance Models.
Episode 11. Final
In the final episode Luke Nola presents the top four contestants to the judges who will hear the young inventors who are given just one minute to pitch their invention vision. What they imagine their invention could become with the right support and what they intend to do with the $10,000 Patent Prize Package donated by A J Park and The Icehouse Business Incubator. Patent attorney and partner of A J Park, Anton Blijlevens is judge along with Duncan Ledwith from the Icehouse Accelerator business development group, also donating part of the Patent Prize Package. Based on the presentation one lucky young inventor will be presented with a cheque from the Prime Minister in front of a live studio audience.