IPO reveals winners of Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Ideas 2022 competition

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The Intellectual Property Office (Initial Public Offering) and Aardman are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 “Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Ideas” competition.

The competition challenges young people to come up with an invention, support awareness and understanding of IPs rights through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects for milestones 1 and 2 (4 to 11 years old).

Entrants to the 2022 competition were challenged to answer “How should we travel in the future while considering the natural environment?” Children were encouraged to be inspired by iconic Wallace & Gromit inventions and think about how the design could be both fun and sustainable.

The competition saw 1,126 marvelous entries, which made it particularly difficult for the judges to choose the ultimate winners from such a remarkable and inventive array.

The winning entry in the Key Stage 1 category was a design by Emily Benson of Cosby Primary in Leicestershire for the ‘Cheese Mobile’; Fueled by sustainable resources and built from cheese, it’s a brilliant invention that caught the eye of Wallace and Gromit. The second in this category with the creation of the “Super Springy” boots was Minnie-Jay Williams of the New Invention Junior School in Willenhall; the boots’ special features include a cheese and water spray, handy when you’re thirsty or hungry on the go.

In the Key Stage 2 category, the winning entry was ‘The Moon Rider’ by Evie-Moon Cleary at Westcliffe Primary School, Scunthorpe; a waste collection boat propelled by the wind, the sea and the sun, a great use of renewable natural resources. The runner-up in this category was “Wallace & Gromit’s Tea Wagon” by Jasmine Jayde Chin at Ysgol Nantgwyn, Tonypandy; the wagon has a supply of any type of tea you desire and is powered by used tea bags. An inventive way to reuse tea bags that would have been thrown away.

Alongside this year’s challenge, we organized the “Wallace & Gromit’s Tour of Innovation”. Traveling a mile across the UK for each competition entry received, Wallace & Gromit discovered innovations of the past and future. We can report that the school that sent the duo the furthest was Cosby Primary in Leicestershire, a mind-boggling 239 miles, congratulations.

Director General of the Intellectual Property Office, Tim Moss, said:

Our Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas competition continues to show how young people have the gift of boundless imagination, as demonstrated each year by the wealth of inspiring and imaginative entries.

It’s great to see the competition helping the next generation of creators and innovators understand the importance of protecting their original ideas. I would like to thank the teachers, parents and assistants for encouraging the participants and helping them to develop their understanding of intellectual property as an asset for life. Encourage and raise awareness among young people of the importance of IPs will help build on the UK’s proud history of creativity and innovation, helping to secure their future and improve the lives of all.

Emily Jones, Brand Manager at Aardman, said:

It was a joy to see all the fantastic inventions from more young creative minds this year. We were blown away by the tons of creativity, ideas and inspiration drawn from Wallace & Gromit, from tea engines to cheesy vehicles! Congratulations to all who participated.

The Intellectual Property Office offers a series of educational resources, competitions and awareness to support innovation, creativity and intellectual property, including “Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Ideas”. For more information, you can contact the Initial Public Offering via [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  • Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Ideas campaign includes curriculum-related learning resources for Milestones 1 and 2, plus a contest

  • the project will support STEM curricula as well as English and numeracy subject areas in key stages 1 and 2

  • the campaign is a flagship education program for Initial Public Offering and contributes to “creating a world leader IPs the environment”, helping to increase IPsthrough awareness and education

  • Aardman, an employee-owned company based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is an independent, multi-Academy Award® company and BAFTA® award-winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment

  • Wallace and Gromit, Aardman’s most beloved and iconic duo, have delighted family audiences around the world for over 30 years. They are celebrated around the world, winning over 100 festival awards – including 3 Academy Awards® and 5 BAFTA® Awards

  • the studio operates the Aardman Academy which is committed to developing talent by providing excellence in film and animation training and mentorship. The Aardman Academy offers a variety of courses, from intensive one-day workshops teaching production skills and storyboarding, to comprehensive twelve-week courses for professionals in the fields of craftsmanship, model-making and design. ‘animation.

  • in November 2018, it became an employee-owned organization, to ensure Aardman remain independent and preserve the creative heritage and culture of the company for many decades to come

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