Year 7 pupil, Francia B was among hundreds of young people in the county to propose innovative and imaginative ideas for the Shropshire Young Thinkers Competition. The competition was organised as part of the Darwin Festival put on by Shropshire council and the University Centre and the aim was to challenge youngsters to come up with an idea or an invention that would change the world for the better.
The wide-ranging brief resulted in a fantastic variety of ideas from medical solutions to banning social media to an aeroplane made of food! Francia’s brainchild was a microchip to circulate in the blood – spherical in shape to ensure ease of movement through the bloodstream – to detect and identify any diseases. The microchip connects to an app that gives you a picture of the harmful cells and tells you where the nearest doctor or hospital is, and preventions and cures available. The microchip would diagnose diseases at their earliest stage before they took hold.
The competition was divided into two age ranges, 7 to 11 and 12 to 17, and 20 finalists were invited to attend yesterday evening’s awards ceremony and present their ideas to the panel of judges. Twelve-year old Francia used her allotted two minutes well, giving an impressive speech illustrated with slides showing hand drawn images of what her invention would look like. At the end of the evening, she was delighted to be named runner-up in the 12-17 year old category.
Francia’s teachers are full of praise for her outstanding achievement and we all look forward to seeing where her imaginative brain may take her in the future.