Eight year old girl’s pain-free Band Aid idea a winner
RAINWORTH State School student Chloe Hands, 8, has been recognised as one of our brightest young inventors, beating off competition from more than 1000 entries in energy retailer/generator Origin's littleBIGidea competition.
Chloe's award-winning idea, the No-Pain Band Aid, is designed to cover cuts and then come off without the pain of ripping off a sticky adhesive.
It features thermosensitive technology for pain-free removal, and her mum Alana said it was inspired by Chloe's own experiences of feeling dread before tearing off Band Aids required for her regular blood tests for anaemia.
"She also has a friend who has been going through chemotherapy and she wanted to help her,'' Ms Hands said.
Ms Hands said her daughter learned in school about how some objects lost their adhesiveness when they changed temperature and decided that could be applied to sticky bandages.
Chloe said she had had about 20 blood tests so far, but it was seeing her friend Emma battle with cancer that really inspired her to come up with a way to alleviate the pain of removing sticky bandages.
"That (Emma's cancer fight) really, really stresses and scares me,'' she said.
"So I started doing some experiments. I realised (things such as) Blue Tac, candle wax and chewing gum are not sticky at all if you put them in very cold water.
"That's how I came up with the idea for no-pain Band Aids.
"I want children to be excited using them, not scared. I really think it could help a lot of people.''
Chloe is one of 12 finalists to receive a one-on-one mentoring session with Engineers Without Borders Australia to further evolve her idea.
She will also be awarded $1000 to go towards developing her invention.
Following the mentoring session, Chloe will submit a final pitch video and be in the running to be crowned Origin's littleBIGidea national winner in the Years 3-4 category.