Sports of the Future competition
Launched while the world of sports was on hold during the lockdown, we challenged children to come up with a new sport or invention that makes an existing sport even better.
We received more than 100 entries with a whole host of innovative designs – from robots, you can play football with, to a gun that fires chicken nuggets at athletes to keep them sustained.
Some entries were even inspired by social distancing restrictions, including a ‘Squeenis Ball’ that automatically returns to you, allowing you to play tennis without a partner.
How about some social distancing trainers that light up if you’re within two metres of someone else?
The entries were scored by cycling champion Mark Cavendish, IET President Peter Bonfield and IET Young Woman Engineer Ying Wan Loh.
They had a tough decision on their hands, but decided on 13-year-old Charlotte Geary’s invention, the Electrodeck as the winner.
The world of skateboarding could be transformed as Charlotte’s Electrodeck makes skaters go faster and do more tricks without ever having to take their feet off the board!
Using a clever combination of pressure points and a bidirectional accelerometer, the Electrodeck idea is constructed like any other skateboard. But, with hollow trucks and a thicker deck to house the tech, it wouldn’t even look out of place in a skatepark, allowing users to unlock a multitude of new tricks.
Charlotte’s winning invention has been made into a real-life prototype as part of her prize.