Young inventors' hard work pays off

BENDIGO inventors Kieran Murphy and James Spencer were presented with the youth awards at the Bendigo Inventor Awards yesterday. 

St Francis of the Fields student Kieran Murphy’s invention “Sustainable Water Pipes” took more than a year to create. 

The 11-year-old said his idea came about when he noticed water being wasted at his school. 

“As with many other schools, they have the problem of water being wasted,” he said. 

“What I decided to do, instead of wasting water, is to have water pipes from the taps running down to a frog pond that will house native and endangered species of frogs. 

“Water from the rooftops will also run into the frog pond.”

Secondary school student James Spencer took out the second youth award. 

His invention “Timetablr” – a software application that allows students and teachers to stay organised – came about when he started year 7 at Girton Grammar. 

“I found the timetables a bit complicated,” he said. 

“It was hard creating it but it was also really fun.”

James said the application allowed students and teachers to interact and keep in contact quicker and easier. 

“You can see a room change with every student notified about the change,” he said. 

“There is space for collaborative work spaces, which means you can work with people who are on the other side of town in real time.

“There is also a navigation tool, where the app can help navigate you to the right classroom.”

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