High standard of inventions and two awards - situation normal
for Limehills School pupils.
The school's pupils often enter the Southern Rural Life
inventions competition at the Southern Field Days, and
entries fit well with the school's curriculum, their
''We are a country school and learning is in real-life
context as much as possible - farming and so on. They are
creative kids and all often blow us away,'' Limehills School
principal Jim Turrell said.
''It's about educating the whole child and not just worrying
solely about test results.''
Four pupils had entries in the competition, which included
''The Best Butter Stick'', ''The True Safety Helmet'', ''The
Multi-Tool Holder'', and microchip herd testing for cows.
Gareth Turnock (11) and his invention, The True Safety
Helmet, took second place in the market prototype category,
and Sam Clark's Best Butter Stick was awarded second place in
the Kiwi Ingenuity category.
Creation and development of inventions was encouraged by the
school, and once achieved, the pupils could try to take the
next step and market their creations, Mr Turrell said.
Southern Rural Life editor Stu Oldham said the newspaper was
proud to recognise the creative and ingenious efforts of
those who entered.
''Many of the articles we publish each fortnight look to the
future of farming practice - but often from the perspective
of the adults that make things happen,'' Mr Oldham said.
''This edition, we're pleased to give prominence to the work
of some of our youngest readers.
''Who knows, many may return to our pages as adults, using
their enterprise to make a difference to our region.''
- by Leith Huffadine
The Best Butter Stick
Sam Clark, 11, of Limehills School
''The Best Butter Stick is like a glue stick but with butter
on it, so if you are out tramping you can save space and use
the space for other things.''
How did you come up with the Best Butter Stick? ''Well it
would probably be because my Dad was to have toast once and
he made a mess and did not clean it up, and I thought if we
had the Best Butter Stick we would not have to clean up
knives and the crumbs in the butter.''
Jack Pyle, 11, of Limehills School
''My invention is a microchip for cows. I was helping Dad
during herd testing and having to climb up and down and by
the end he had a sore back and also had misread a couple of
numbers, and then our Nanny's new dog was getting
microchipped so I thought about putting a microchip in
How is the microchip coming along? ''Have not finished the
microchip yet but it will have to be made bigger and
programmed to the cow's number and inside the cow's rump, and
it will have branch forks so it does not move around.''
How does it work? ''All you have to do is scan the rump. It
saves time and involves less risk of back injuries and every
time will get the cow's number right.''
Are you going to go further with it? ''[I have] taken it to
Vet South and they are interested in it and [I am] planning
on sending an email to LIC [Livestock Improvement
Corporation] and if everything goes to plan ... hopefully
they will be interested.''
The True Safety Helmet
Gareth Turnock, 11, of Limehills School
'My Mum and Dad used to say to the workers to put their
helmet on all the time and I decided to make a solution, so I
made a helmet which has a sensor in it. The sensor goes on to
the motorbike, and then if you put your head on the sensor
the power will go on, and the motorbike will start, but if it
is not on your head it will not start. I made it because
there are 850 motorbike injuries per year and five die from
accidents, so this can help prevent brain damage.''
Did it take you long to create the True Safety Helmet? ''It
took me three weeks to do it. I thought about it for one week
and planned and then got the pieces and put it together. I
made a part with a fan to demonstrate it working.''
Further plans for Gareth's True Safety Helmet included
developing Bluetooth for the sensor, so the wire connecting
the helmet to the bike did not get in the way of the user.
The Multi-tool Holder
Ryan Taylor, 12, of Limehills School
''It holds sizes 32 to 10 spanners. It's for anyone who has
problems with losing tools. You can put it on your shed wall
with the brackets or cart it around on the back of your
How did you come up with it? ''It was that time of the year
when we had to come up with inventions, and I came up with it
in the last few days. I went into Dad's shed and he had
plastic spanner holders and all the spanners had fallen out
so I decided to make a better holder. [It] Lasts for longer
and is way stronger and also portable.''
How did you construct it? ''It took about three days to
build. It was difficult to get the right size holes to get
the spanners to fit. [I] Had to go through spanners and
measure the ends of them and put a mark around the pipe so
the openings were even when cutting holes.''