BY CALUM FRASER
Getting your children to brush their teeth can be an emotionally-charged nightmare.
But 10-year-old Giselle Kalu has come up with an invention that could save parents hours of stressful negotiations with their toddlers.
The Kennington girl designed a create-your-own toothbrush, making brushing time something that they look forward to rather than flee from.
This ‘Brushing Explosions’ invention has won Giselle the Aquafresh Inventors Academy 2018 competition.
Giselle won her class a sleepover at the Science Museum and her school, Archbishop Sumner Primary School, £1,000 worth of school equipment.
She said: “I am delighted to win. I worked extremely hard for this.”
The award was judged by Dominic Wilcox, chief inventor at Little Inventors, and representatives from Aquafresh and the Science Museum.
Giselle clinched the title by scoring highly for innovation, creativity, quality and on the effectiveness of making brush time more fun.
She said: “I can’t believe that I have won the award. I love inventing and designing and want to be an architect when I am older, so this has really given me the confidence to pursue my dreams.”
There are up to 170 operations a day in the UK to remove rotten teeth in children, according to Local Government Associations figures.
Giselle’s invention will now be produced by Little Inventors. Mr Wilcox said: “Giselle’s winning invention really stood out for me, I scored ‘Brushing Explosions’ top marks for both innovation and creativity, and it’s been a great experience bringing it to life over the past few weeks.”
Emma Pittendreigh, Aquafresh senior brand manager, said: “We’re proud to be encouraging an interest in STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). There is a shortage of technical skills and experience in STEM, especially in young girls, and to see so many creative inventions come in has been truly inspiring. We whittled down almost 400 entries to find our winner and it was such a difficult decision.”
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