Competition blasts young inventors to NASA Space Centre

littleBIGidea Innovations expert James O'Loghlin will help pick 12 young inventors to send to NASA's Kennedy Space Station.
littleBIGidea Innovations expert James O'Loghlin will help pick 12 young inventors to send to NASA's Kennedy Space Station. Contributed

THE brightest young thinkers on the Western Downs could be jetting off to NASA's Kennedy Space Centre later this year thanks to the new Origin initiative littleBIGidea.

The initiative aimed to foster creativity and innovation in students from grade 3-8 by asking them to make a new and useful invention.

Among the littleBIGidea judges is James O'Loghlin, former host of the ABC's The New Inventors.

"With new technologies being developed every day, it's a really exciting time to be encouraging the next generation of Australians to unearth the nation's next littleBIGidea, no matter how big or small," Mr O'Loghlin said.

The Top 12 ideas would be selected based on an exceptional demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation. 

The 12 finalists would then be invited to attend the littleBIGidea forum in Sydney this October to present their idea to the judging panel.

Three overall winners will win a trip to Florida, USA to visit innovative hotspots including the NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Epcot Theme Park - Walt Disney World and Ripley's Believe it or Not.

 Australian students from grade three - year eight can enter by visiting

Entries close at 11.59pm AEST Friday 5 September 2014.

Topics:  competition nasa origin energy

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