(ABC News) By Seraphine Charpentier-Andre
November 09, 2016 08:32:06
Bridgette Veneris came up with the prototype while undergoing chemotherapy.
A 10-year-old girl who invented an easy-to-use adhesive bandage dispenser while recovering from leukaemia is about to make a dream trip to NASA after being named Australia’s best young inventor.Bridgette Veneris, from Melbourne, won the littleBIGidea competition for her idea to make a quicker and easier way to unpeel sticky plasters.She received the good news at St Joseph’s School in Chelsea, in front of her family and classmates.”It makes me feel amazing, I never thought I could win the prize,” she said.Bridgette came up with the idea after she was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.She could see her parents and nurses struggle with unwrapping the bandages and decided she would create a system that was more ecological and practical.After a few experiments she developed a concept plan and prototype, where the bandages rolled out like sticky tape.”I thought, if no-one is going to do something about it, then this problem is just going to go on forever,” Bridgette said.”The casing can close completely to make sure no dirt gets in to the casing and it keeps the Band-Aids completely sterile.”Young inventor her dad’s ‘hero’
The dispenser would still keep the bandages clean from dirt. (Supplied: www.littlebigidea.com.au)
While most 10-year-olds dream of going to Disneyland, Bridgette said she had always dreamed of visiting NASA.Her competition victory is making that dream come true.”Just going in the space shuttle, that would be amazing,” Bridgette said.James O’Loghlin, host of the ABC’s New Inventors and Dr Rob Bell, host of Network Ten’s science show SCOPE, selected Bridgette’s idea as the winner.Bridgette said winning the award was a great thrill after 18 months of chemotherapy and her father Steve had tears in his eyes when reflecting on her tough journey.”She’s been so resilient, she had long beautiful brown hair, she lost all those curls, she lost her ability to walk,” he said.”She’s has been the most positive person, she is my hero.”