Smothered invention?

24th February 2006 at 00:00
Dog-washing doormats, contact lens videophones and floating drinks trays, all imagined by schoolchildren for a technology competition, suggest the inventive spirit of Wallace and Gromit is alive, if not entirely well.

A past generation, asked to create everyday objects for a 2020 home, would have dreamed up whizzy personal jetpacks, chore-busting gadgets and entertainment systems. Maybe it's just that they've all got electric toothbrushes and PlayStations. Maybe it's the dead hand of a rigid curriculum and technology lessons where you plan pizza rather than cooking it... but where have the wilder shores of invention gone?

It seems behind every creative kid is a yelling adult ("Get that muddy dog out of here!"). What would parents invent? The doormat which scrubs kids'

feet before they walk dog poo into the house? Or the PlayStation which refuses to co-operate until homework is complete?

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now