Manchester School Girl Scoops National Award for Toy Design
The clever creativity of Amber Hainey from Walkden, in Manchester, has been rewarded with the top prize in a national competition to design toys which are fun - but also safe.
Amber's winning brainchild is a velcro vest and helmet toy called Flick & Stick - it comes with an arm sleeve stuffed with woolly balls. The two players throw the soft balls at each other aiming for the targets printed on the outfits -the one ending up with the most points wins!
The 14-year-old from St George's RC High School not only came top of the class in the 12 - 17 year-olds category but was also overall winner of the entire competition, beating off more than 500 entries.
She will be taking back £1,000 worth of computer equipment for her school and two £100 WH Smith vouchers - one for herself and one for the school.
Head of technology at St George's school Philip Westcott said: ' This is wonderful news, we are absolutely delighted that Amber has come through as the overall winner of a national competition.
'We like to encourage our pupils to take part in competitions like this to showcase their many talents.'
TSI's chief executive Ron Gainsford said: 'This competition is a great way to engage children and young people in a fun way , while raising awareness about the importance of safety features in the design of toys. The key elements the judges are looking for in the entries are a fun and different design and clear attention to the safety of it in use.
'Amber's design stood out because it was fun, interactive and very well thought out - a very deserving winner.'
Roland Earl, director general of BTHA, said: 'Yet again we received some fantastically inventive entries - every year I am impressed by the creativity of the design. As ever selecting a winner was very difficult!'
The joint runners-up in Amber's age group were entries by two 13-year-olds from the Highsted Grammar School in Kent. Tanya Paine's Choochoo train, that is activated with clapping, and Jessica Bell's educational soft toy Ellie the Alphabet Elephant impressed the judges with their colourful and innovative designs.
A design by 11-year-olds Hannah Butler and Tara Santos from Kent scooped the top prize in the 6 - 11 year-olds age group. In Cheeky's Challenge a monkey whizzes around a tree loaded with bananas - the players use their banana-shaped remote to try to drop and aim the fruits in the monkey's trolley.
Adam Devanney, aged 11, from Low Moor C of E Primary School in West Yorkshire was runner-up in this category with his remote control car Cheezomania.
The top award for special shools was scooped by Nathaniel Rogers from Oakwood High School, in Eccles, Manchester. His design was for Dinako, a remote controlled, roaring, rubber dinosaur.
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