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Wallace & Gromit competition winners

by Jareen
Publish date
24 December 2012
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A big, cracking thank you to everyone who visited the Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention exhibition at Scienceworks this year. Over 100,000 visitors tinkered inside the exhibition while it was on display from 19 May to 11 November, and just over 15,000 entries were received in the Cracking Ideas Competition.

Our panel of judges, including a representative from Intellectual Property Australia (IP Australia), has selected the lucky winners from the tremendous pool of wildly creative ideas and contraptions we received as part of the competition.

A big congratulations to you, budding inventors! Your prizes are on their way!

The Recycling Robot The Recycling Robot
Image: Millie (5 years old)

• Animal Alive by Isla (5 years old)
• A Hair Machine by Zoe (4 years old)
• Rainbow Slide by Elliot (3 years old)
• Automatic Rooftop Window Cleaning Machine by Juliet (6 years old)
• The Arvi by Oliver (5 years old)
• Clever Night Light by Rohan (6 years old)
• The Recycling Robot by Millie (5 years old)
• The Super Car by James (6 years old)

The Super Car The Super Car
Image: James (6 years old)

Bigger kids
• Memory cap by Ned (8 years old)
• The Super Bed-O-Matic by Ned (7 years old)
• The Perfect House by Ashley (10 years old)
• Mandy Rin by Stephanie (9 years old)
• S.L.T.D.A.R (Stephanie Leonard's Trash Detector and Remover) by Stephanie (10 years old)
• Solar Powered Earmuffs by Phoebe (11 years old)
• The Future Tablet by Tristan (12 years old)
• The Unnecessary Tea Machine by Daniel (11 years old)

Teen kids
• Blue pen with stylus by Sam (16 years old)
• Traffic Jam Jam by Maya (16 years old)
• The "Wake up you lazy git" O-Matic by John (13 years old)
• Aerodynamic Wind Propelled Sustainable Car by Beatrix (14 years old)
• Doggy Seeds by Faith (13 years old)
• The Cup-Caker by Isabella (14 years old)
• The No Drip Cone by Dshamilja (17 years old)
• Giant Mechanical Ozone by Murray (19 years old)

Guinea pig cage mover Guinea pig cage mover
Image: Natalie (39 years old)

Even bigger kids
• Water ladder by Rachael (38 years old)
• Idea-o-matic by Courtney (20 years old)
• Boot with tiny robot legs by Andrew (21 years old)
• Onion eyes by Anna (38 years old)
• Pot-o-gold locate-a-matron by Coralie (34 years old)
• Guinea pig cage mover by Natalie (39 years old)
• Pizza Player by Paul (45 years old)

Wallace & Gromit Wallace & Gromit on the set of the World of Invention TV series.
Source: (c) Aardman Animations Ltd. 2012

P.S. If you're in Sydney over the summer, don't miss seeing the Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum too.


IP Australia

Arrrggghhh, PIRATES!

by Jareen
Publish date
2 April 2012
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When I heard Gideon Defoe’s book, The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists, was being adapted into a stop-motion animation film by the highly revered Aardman Animations, I was extremely excited.

The claymation character, The Pirate Captain from the movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. The Pirate Captain from The Pirates! Band of Misfits movie.
Image: Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures
Source: Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.

After almost a year of anticipation, The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in cinemas today in Victoria and Queensland, 5 April nationally, and I can’t wait! Why am I so excited? Well, for two main reasons:

1. The Pirates! is an Aardman Animations studio film

Wallace and Gromit Wallace and Gromit - the world's most famous inventors.
Image: Aardman Animations
Source: (C) Aardman Animations Ltd 2012

Aardman are famous for creating two of the world’s greatest inventors, Wallace and Gromit. At Scienceworks, we’re not only busy preparing the jumbo crates to send the animatronic dinosaurs from our Explore-a-saurus exhibition to Scitech, Perth, we’re also busy preparing for our next exhibition, Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention. More about that exhibition another time, lad.

While researching for this blog post, I was fascinated to learn that The Pirates! movie took Aardman over five years to create - two years of scripting, one and a half years of storyboarding, designing and building puppets and sets, one and a half years of shooting and a final thre months of post-production to stick it all together. Phew! That’s about the same amount of time it takes to develop some of Museum Victoria’s major exhibitions.

2. My love for stop motion animation film

I adore stop motion animation film. I love the attention to detail. The little figures in their little costumes holding little props standing in little sets, all meticulously handmade and painstakingly moved a fraction of a centimetre at a time, that magically culminates in living, breathing characters acting out wonderful and moving storylines.

For The Pirates! it took 70 talented model makers to make over 250 puppets, including 23 background pirates, 18 background scientist characters and 55 special characters. Check out this behind the scenes video from Aardman on ‘Puppet Maintenance’ during the making of The Pirates! movie.


Arrrrggghhh, now for the fun part - the giveaway. And it's just for you, me hearties!

WIN The Pirates! Booty Pack

Promotional image of The Pirates! Band of Misfits movie From the creators of Wallace and Gromit, The Pirates! Band of Misfits film opens in cinemas this Thursday 5 April.
Image: Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures
Source: Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.

To celebrate the movie coming to Australia (and really, to start the ‘Wallace & Gromit are moving in to Scienceworks in May’ celebrations), we’re giving away ten The Pirates! Booty Packs to MV Blog readers.

Each Booty Pack is packed with cool The Pirates! treasure including a digital watch, activity kit, stationery set and a copy of the The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists (a book more suitable for big kids).

To be in the running to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling us which scientist (or historian) would you love to go on an adventure with and why. Submit your comment before 9am, Friday 6 April. We’ll select 10 of our favourite scurvy dog answers.  

So get cracking and tell us about your dream adventure!

P.S. A big thank you to Sony Pictures Australia for providing us with this awesome Booty Pack of The Pirates! treasure to giveaway to you! And, if you want to win tickets to see the film, make sure you follow Scienceworks on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S.S. Don't miss hearing David Tennant as Charles Darwin in the film too! Swoon!


The Pirates! website

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention exhibition at Scienceworks - buy your tickets online now!

Aardman Animations on YouTube

Bell telephone prototype

by Kate C
Publish date
10 March 2012
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“Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

This remarkably ordinary sentence, spoken by Alexander Graham Bell 136 years ago on 10 March 1876, comprises the first clear bi-directional transmission of speech via telephone. One of Bell's original experimental phones is set to go on display at Scienceworks in the upcoming Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention exhibition.

  Bell Double-Pole Magneto transmitter and receiver Bell Double-Pole Magneto receiver (ST 035633).
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

This Bell Double-Pole Magneto receiver is not the one Bell used when uttering that famous first sentence but it is very similar. It too was made in 1876 prior to Bell's first public demonstration of the telephone at Philadelphia's Centennial Exhibition in July of that year. It was used with the transmitter also in the museum's collection.

"These highly significant objects were originally brought to Melbourne by Bell's uncle, Edward Symonds, who visited his nephew's Boston laboratory in August 1876. Bell remained in contact with his uncle afterwards, and Symonds went on to assist in administering Bell's Australian patents," said curator David Demant. The transmitter, receiver and other Bell material were eventually donated to Museum Victoria in 1974 by Symonds' descendants.

"It is nowadays very hard to imagine life before the telephone, so deep has been its social and technological influence," said David.

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