The winners of the Cracking Ideas competition for 2020 were today announced! Britain's brightest young inventors from schools across the country took part in the competition - despite many children missing school due to the lockdown, the competition was opened up to families also, with over 1500 entries flooding in!
Some incredible gadgets were submitted to the competition, all created to fit the brief to 'make life better', with inventions ranging from a litter-eating robot to an automatic boot polisher! The challenge aimed to inspire budding inventors like Wallace to get creative, while also getting an understanding of the importance of protecting intellectual property.
The overall winning invention is ‘Litteration’, a robotic figure complete with antennae, stretchy arms and wheels designed by Dominic Marday. His clever robot can eat sort and recycle litter to help clean up the environment. Dominic's invention will feature in Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up, a new, augmented reality Wallace & Gromit story, which will bring Wallace & Gromit alive in an entirely new way, while creating a cutting-edge new platform for storytelling.
Prizes for other finalists and runners up include a visit from Aardman animator Jim Parkyn to the winner’s school for a model-making workshop and an exciting range of goody bags.
Merlin Crossingham, Wallace & Gromit Creative Director for Aardman, said: “We have loved seeing how young people from all over the UK have put on their thinking caps to design some ingenious out-of-this-world inventions that would make even Wallace and Gromit proud!”
You can take a look at all the entries into the competition in the gallery here. Well done to everyone who took part!