A healthy appetite for invention
Two health focused inventions have triumphed in Your Life’s Formula 100 competition: a nationwide challenge for teenagers to ‘invent the future’. Your Life is the organisation dedicated to boosting the uptake of post 16 study of Maths and Physics and the competition saw teenagers across the country come up with ideas for new inventions to help mankind tackle its biggest issues.
13-year-old Jack Gilmartin from Prince Henry’s Grammar School triumphed in the 11-13 category with his ingenious idea for a bracelet for people with medical conditions that would sync with paramedics’ phones in the event of a medical emergency. Jack was inspired by someone in his family who has diabetes.
Meanwhile 16-year-old Lara Pieckza prevailed in the older age group with her idea for a collapsible Aerochamber for asthma sufferers, with it’s portability enabling fast deployment and thereby reducing the likelihood of asthma attacks.
All shortlisted entries to the Formula 100 competition were turned into videos by Your Life’s digital content team and were available for a public vote on Your Life’s You Tube channel, with 20 per cent of votes coming from a public vote and 80 per cent from judges’ scores. The competition generated a lot of interest with nearly 12,000 views of the shortlisted inventions and over 1,600 votes. Entries were ultimately judged on their innovation, creativity and practicality.
Your Life Patron, Beth Tweddle, remarked: “It is so encouraging to see young people’s ideas on how to invent the future and how un selfish their concerns are, often triggered by their own experiences within their own families. I am so pleased for Jack and Laura. I know from my own recovery from injury how important medical advances are and if this is what is motivating today’s teenagers, we are in good hands for the future. Studying Maths and Physics can provide the foundation to enable some of these brilliant creative ideas to become reality.”
The lucky winners of the two categories won £1,000 cash for their school and an iPad for themselves. There were also extra prizes which were kindly donated by two Your Life sponsors: Shell, who offered four one day admission tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed for the winner in the 11-13 age category and Johnson & Johnson, who offered the opportunity for a special tour of their Beerse site in Belgium for the winning student of the 14-16 category plus one adult. The site is a centre for research and development as well as production, and it is the home of Janssen, Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical division.