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Uk's Top Young Inventors Enjoy W&g Preview Screening

The UK’s most innovative school celebrated winning a prestigious competition with a preview of the new Wallace and Gromit short film, ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’.

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Pupils from Great Arley School in Lancashire were named as the National Champions of Cracking Ideas 2008 in an awards ceremony at the Science Museum last month, where they were congratulated by the Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, David Lammy MP, Gareth ‘Gaz Top’ Jones and Wallace and Gromit themselves!

Among their prizes was a preview screening of the brand new Wallace and Gromit short film at their school. Yesterday the young inventors from Thornton Cleveleys got a viewing of the long-awaited film before it is broadcast on BBC One at Christmas.

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Ryan Thompson and Amy Enright came up with the invention called ‘Charlie the Chair Stacker’ which stacks chairs using a combination of pincers and magnets. The design was born out of the children’s desire to help the school’s site supervisor Mr Figgins, by taking over his most tiresome job.
‘Charlie the Chair Stacker’ will soon be moved to his new home in an exhibition at the Science Museum due to open in spring 2009. The exhibition, called ‘Wallace and Gromit Present a World of Cracking Ideas’ will tap into the fictional characters’ famous flair for invention with a mixture of interactive exhibits, creative activities and animated displays, all themed around Wallace and Gromit’s house.

The project is a joint initiative between the Intellectual Property Office, Aardman Animations and the Science Museum in a bid to encourage inventors to get creative, while learning to protect their intellectual property and develop an ethos of positive respect for the intellectual property of others.

Cracking Ideas is run by the Intellectual Property Office in conjunction with Aardman Animations and uses a combination of specific lesson plans, teaching resources and a dedicated website to encourage innovation among Key Stage Two pupils as part of the National Curriculum. To find out more visit: http://www.crackingideas.com