St Albans girl wins science competition for foot shower invention (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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St Albans girl Sophia Laycock wins Science Museum competition for foot shower invention
A design for a portable foot shower that washes sand off your feet on the beach has been unveiled as the winner of a summer invention competition for young visitors to the Science Museum.
The ‘Pediclean,’ designed by Sophia Laycock, aged 11, of St Albans, beat over 60 entries to win a Desktop 3D printer worth £2,000.
The winning entry consists of a plastic water bottle which attaches to a pipe and when squeezed, sprays seawater on the feet, removing sand. It is designed to be light-weight and easy to transport while on holiday.
It will be developed from concept to reality on a 3D printer by Mark Champkins, the museum’s inventor in residence, before going on display in a new exhibition, 3D: printing the future, which opens at the museum on October 9.
Delighted Sophia said: "I’m really thrilled to win this competition.
"I’ve seen foot showers at beaches whilst on holiday, but never seen anything like that in Britain. The Pediclean is just a simple way of cleaning sand off your feet so the sand stays at the beach and doesn’t come with you home."
Sophia’s mother Marisa said: "Sophia has been coming up with invention ideas for years and records them all in her pocket design book. In fact, inventing seems to run in the family as her late grandfather invented a number of devices for the quarrying industry."
Mark Champkins said, "This product is an ingenious solution to one of the most irritating problems experienced on a trip to the beach.
"The Pediclean is a smart and simple design that I can imagine in the shops."
The competition challenged young people to come up with an idea for a product that could help overcome a common summer problem as part of the Museum’s 3D Summer Season.
Sophia will be presented with her fully created invention at the Science Museum during the October half term holiday.
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