Teens save time with invention

2012-10-20 17:59

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to come up with an innovation that changes lives, just a couple of teenagers who hate missing their favourite TV shows.

Nhlakanipho Shezi and Thabani Dlamini (both 17) are Grade 10 pupils at Uxolophambili Secondary School in Hammersdale, KwaZulu-Natal.

The duo became South Africa’s top young innovators this week, scooping first prize at the HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge with their invention, a battery-operated pot scourer.

Five teams of high school pupils from Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape battled it out with brilliant innovations designed to change their daily lives or tackle problems faced by themselves and their communities.

Dlamini and Shezi said they were tired of missing their favourite shows because they were stuck at the sink, scrubbing pots and pans after dinner.

Their portable, battery-operated scourer, which resembles a stick blender, comes complete with different brushes and speed controls.

“It is a great device and I am certain that women and girls will love it too as it won’t ruin their manicured nails,” said Shezi.

“Now we won’t have to miss anything because we will take the pot and scourer to the lounge,” said Dlamini.

The pair’s physical science teacher, Thando Makhathini, said she knew the boys would win.

“I was certain they would bring it back because they stuck to the brief and created a device to help them with their chores and make their lives easier,” Makhathini said.

The other finalists invented a window-mounted solar panel, a pen that doubles as a recording device, a tracking device that can be fitted to school bags to help trace children if they are abducted, and a mobile wheelchair that can be assembled and then taken apart easily in areas where wheelchair access is a problem.

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