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Colour Your Classroom mini inventors pride of the nation

Colour Your Classroom mini inventors pride of the nation

The winners of Term 2’s Colour Your Classroom competition have been announced with five very talented Kiwi kids winning a selection of prizes, including an Apple iPad Mini 4 and $100 Sharpie pack.

There were more than 790 entries from right across New Zealand – with students explaining, in 300 words or fewer, what they would invent that would make life easier for people. 

Overall winner and 12-year-old Hunterville School student, Jordan Hughes’s stellar invention is a health monitor that would be implanted in the wrist to measure levels of the likes of sugar and oxygen, with results sent to a database via Bluetooth. “This chip could help keep you fit and healthy by making sure you have the right amount of things in your blood and body,” Jordan wrote in his entry.  “The chip could give warnings about leukemia, hematologic diseases, stroke and heart attack.”

The four runners-up winners included Lorisha Lila Kahn (Clendon Park School), Caitlin Mackay (Fairhaven School), Phoebe Wylie (Opaki School) and Amanda MacArthur (St Patrick’s School) all receiving runner-up prizes of $100 Sharpie prize packs for their schools.

Colour Your Classroom judge Mark Norling, National Account Manager at Sharpie, says he was exceedingly impressed by the creativity and thought that had gone into all the entries he read. “The ideas expressed by these students went far beyond what I’d anticipated,” he said. “It bodes well for our future that we’re seeing such innovative thinking from some of the country’s youngest students.”

Colour Your Classroom launched in 2014, and is supported by leading stationery and office supplier OfficeMax, who this year presented each of the five winning students with a Sharpie and Paper Mate special edition colouring kit, valued at $44.99.
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