Dylan Philip from Rotorua aged 8
Dylan Philips has invented a bed that wakes you up and automatically gets you dressed and ready for school. Dylan has an older sister who just won't get up in the mornings. Inspired by films such as Wallace and Grommet and Inspector Gadget, Dylan builds a highly amusing, complicated device involving boxing gloves punching under the bed, a hydraulic ram that lifts the bed and a slide to get you on your feet. Just what every lazy teenager needs. The ingenious device is designed so that his lazy sister Gemma slides down a slide and into her dress. An arm pops out and brushes her teeth. Another arm washes her face and a toaster pops her toast just in time for her to fall into her shoes that are placed at the foot of the slide. Dylan's Goober Challenge - to get his sister Gemma up on a Monday morning ready for school, teeth brushed, face washed, fed and dressed. All in under three minutes! BFM radio morning host Mikey Havoc steps up to help Dylan fulfill his Goober Challenge and Criterion Furniture provide the high technology to make it happen.
Mentors helping Dylan realize his dream include film production art director Adrian Bennett, builder of the furniture in the motion picture The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Chris Pickering - Sales and Marketing Manager/Criterion Furniture New Zealand provides Dylan with the technical equipment and expertise whilst Peter Jones Retired Fireman of 37 years takes Dylan through the various inventions at a fire station designed to get him up and off to the fire in 20 seconds. To add to the fun as part of his experience Dylan is given control of the massive Rescue Six airport fire engine.
A special guest appearance includes young inventor, Dylan in a knockout session with Cruiserweight Mohamed Azzaoui - 10th with the World Boxing Association
Gabriel Levi from Auckland aged 10
Gabriel liked watching his brother play pool and sometimes he let him and his mates have a go. Gabriel also likes soccer so he thought about combining the two sports into a giant version of pool on a large field where two players kick balls and hit them into nets placed around the field like a pool table. This could be a new sport all together combining the skills of pool and soccer. A fun way to get kids into indoor activates outside and exercising. Telstra Clear Stadium in Manukau provide Gabriel with the ideal venue for the very first game of Trajectory Gold in the known universe. Gabriel's Goober Challenge is to build this game and play his brother Raven in front of an audience of hundreds.
The pressure is on as New Zealand's champion pool player Nick Pera and Leigh Kennyon, top soccer coach team up to guide Gabriel through his inventive journey.
Chris Chitty - Technical Designer
Sam Jasper - Senior NZ Soccer player
Andrew Wordsworth from Whangarei age 12
Andrew has never been to a rock concert but has a fear for his ears and that he will have his eardrums blown to pieces. Andrew has an idea that will give everyone a real life feeling of being at the ‘mosh pit' of a loud rock concert anywhere anytime. Plug this device into your MP3 player and ‘feel the bass'. It's an audio-visual feast. Andrew's design incorporates beat sensitive illuminated clothing that animates to the beat whilst this crazy suit pulsates the bass beat all over the body.
Andrew discovers that his vibrating clothing also provides a way for the deaf to enjoy music, increasing his market from hard-core rock lovers to the hearing impaired as well.
As concertgoers may damage their ears with long exposure to rock music, Andrew's invention provides a safer alternative to the rock stadium feel of ear piercing stacks. The Goober Challenge - To hold a Silent Dance Party with everyone getting down in his clothing with beats. This episode even pulls on your heart strings as Andrew gets to meet his all time musical hero Dave Dobbin who tries out Andrew's invention and declares that it officially ‘Rocks'.
The audio adventure continues as Jeremy Toy from The Open Souls band invite Andrew to perform wearing his mega bass suit live on stage at their next concert. Fusion audio come to the party supplying Andrew with amplification and sub-woofer speakers whilst Daniel Buckley co-founder of Huffer clothing lends Andrew a helping hand with the design and even suggest that they incorporate this idea in their next range of ski gear.
Perhaps the finest moment is when Andrew presents his invention to the Kelston School for the Deaf Education Center who test out Andrew's Acoustic Apparel and give it the thumb up, providing a whole new sensation for deaf children.
Melanie Ansell aged 10 from New Plymouth.
Melanie loves bouncing on her trampoline at the gym and has devised a washing line that dries the washing using the power generated by the bouncing motion of the trampoline. The kids own fun solution to the energy crisis. We imagine kids all over the country generating energy by bouncing on trampolines. They certainly have enough of it, we may as well make use of this untapped resource. The next step is to take this idea into the adult world by hooking up other equipment at the gym onto power generators and storing the energy of a work-out to power laptops, milkshake machines, fans, fridges, even electric scooters to get to the gym, in fact anything you can think of.
With the current media interest in alternative fuels and child obesity, this is a brilliant idea for the times. With generous support of Meridian Energy, Melanie Ansell was able to build a ‘Gyminator' power generation unit that directly tapped the pedal power of eight cyclists from Auckland's top Avanti cycles team and then feed that energy back into the National grid. The Goober Challenge certainly got the attention of the nation with One Network News covering the event on National television.
At the Museum of Transport and Technology Alan Seay from Meridian Energy presents Melanie with an official Energy Certificate to commemorate the first1Kwh of human power fed in to the New Zealand National Grid.
Don Clucus - designer/inventor of The Whispergen
Alan Seay Meridian Energy
Anish Dheda from Pukekohe aged 13
Anish has invented a doggy doo picker upper robot that has the capability to find dog poos in and around the city park with the assistance of GPS. This is an impressive all-terrain device that can vacuum away the unpleasant side of dog ownership. Anish gathers skills from Massey University to install GPS guidance system to help the robot seek and destroy deposited doggy doos. Anish's Goober Challenge: to set a dog free in a city park with a custom made GPS dog collar and have his poop scooping robot seek and destroy the unwanted deposit without being touched by human hands. Anish is given some inspiration by the New Zealand Bomb Disposal Unit and he even gets to pilot a real bomb disposal robot, exploding a bomb as part of his invention research.
Anish cunningly combines a mobility scooter and a leaf blower to create a devise that all dog owners will surely want to own
Sergeant Gary NZDF - New Zealand Bomb Squad
Michael Feist from Auckland aged 12
An every day looking carry-on sized suitcase that transforms into a solar powered electric car. This invention is ideal for the environment and commuters that travel to work in the train or the bus. As mopeds are not allowed on the trains or busses and biking to work gets you too sweaty and are far too cumbersome for commuters. The Suitcase car is the ideal solution to the city's transport and parking problems. Michael's Goober Challenge is to get to commute to work in rush hour traffic racing his Dad to work. Oh, did we mention Michael's Dad happens to be a racing car driver!
This might be a compact idea but Michael attracts some big names. Future mayor of Auckland John ‘Banksie' Banks is so impressed he takes the first test drive through the streets of Newmarket Auckland. If that's not enough NZ Green Party spokesman Nandor Tchanzos appears on the show to praise the global benefits of this invention and it's potential to reduce greenhouse emissions. Who would have thought a suitcase could save the world?
Will Michael beat his racing car driver Dad to work in town on his suitcase car? You'd better be watching to find out.
Dr. Robotech - Robotics Expert
Danielle McQuinn from Nelson age 12
Daniel's invention is a robotic rubbish bin that takes itself out on rubbish day and brings itself in once the rubbish truck has been. It also takes out the recycling bin as well. Ideal for pregnant ladies, elderly, children or even anyone in general who can't be bothered taking out the trash. It makes a disgusting chore into an easy one. Daniel even has the attention of Auckland's largest rubbish company Waste Management Ltd. who sees definite commercial potential in the idea. CEO Andrew McCaffrey says they have been using robotic arms on rubbish trucks for years so why shouldn't householders have the benefit of the same thing at their end of the job? Daniel even gets to drive a rubbish truck and operate the robotic arm as part of her research to get the rubbish truck and her invention to ‘shake hands'. Daniel's Goober Challenge is to find a little old lady who really needs this invention and for the ‘Can Man' to take her trash out without a hitch. Will Daniel get her invention built and fully working by next rubbish day? You'll have to watch this Sunday at 5:00 pm TV2 to find out.
Toby Heeringa aged 10 from Auckland
As a toddler Toby was an asthma sufferer and afraid of the medical looking device that his Mum used to shove in his face each time he had an attack. Toby has invented a new kind of asthma inhaler that kids will love and have fun with. In developing a new medical device Toby talks to Mums with young kids and finds out he was not alone. Toby gets a helping hand from Garth Sutherland inventor of the internationally famous Smart Inhaler and is inspired to produce a working prototype.
With the design assistance of Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Toby works with CAD design engineers and develops his product into a working prototype that could save hundreds of lives and make a frightening experience for some kids a whole lot more enjoyable at the same time. To develop and produce a medical invention is a massive achieving for any adult let alone a ten year old kid. Toby certainly has a massive future as a young inventor and could now find himself to be a serious player in the medical supplies business.
Kenan Grant aged 8 from Hamilton
All kids and even most adults want to fly without the need for airplanes and helicopters. Wouldn't it be great to strap on a device and just take off like superman? The Flying Pack is a jet-turbine powered pack that you wear so that you can fly around to the shops, school, anywhere. It would solve the traffic problem and be a whole lot of fun as well. Powered by two jet turbine engines from model supplies shop Hobby City, Kenen builds a powerful yet lightweight device capable of lifting his weight. Real life jet pilot Flight Lieutenant Craig Abela drops in to give Kenan some advice. When Kenan drops the bombshell that he's never even flown before, the Ardmore Flight Training School step in and give 8 year old Kenan his very first flight and flying lesson.
Professional stunt safety guy Mark Harris from the Xena and Hercules productions is on hand to make sure Kenan's first test flight is done safely. Because jet fuel is highly flammable, Kenan even gets his very own three layer flameproof flying suit made up by the Flame Crusher racing team. Will Kenan's Flying Pack ever get off the ground? If you like flames, you like jets and you like flying this is a must see. Watch TV2, 5 p.m. on Sunday night to find out.
Maia Apaapa aged 10 from Auckland
Maia's most dreaded chore is putting out the recycled paper on collection day. All the paper blows away and he always has to stamp it down to compress it into boxes. Wouldn't it be great to have a machine do it for you? Maia has invented a paper crushing machine that turns old newspapers into tidy blocks that you can stack. What if those blocks were also a fun toy that interlocked to make anything? With endorsement from NZ Green Party Keith Locke, Maia's challenge is to make a paper block that can be used by kids to make their own toys, a bit like Knex or Magnetix. If he can get kids into recycling and having creative fun at the same time Maia will have made a new toy that kids will enjoy and his product will be good for the planet because it's recyclable. Maya calls in the experts with advice from paper recycling company Paper Shaper who show him exactly how to turn old waste paper into strong shapes that you can mould into virtually anything. For his final Goober Challenge to make a building that will hold all his friends Maia calls in Jasmax Architect ..... who designed the curved sections of the Skytower and the Metropolis Hotel in Auckland. But will they be able to create an entire building out of recycled paper? You'll have to watch and find out.
Caity Rogers aged 10 from New Plymouth
Caity loves bouncing and she loves bouncy castles but now she is ten she's ready to move on to a new experience. Bouncy castles inflate and remain in one place. Wouldn't it be great to have a bouncy castle that you wear and inflate so that you could bounce anywhere any time? It could be a portable safety suit like a car airbag that you wear. Pattern designer to the stars Denise Duane builds Caity a pattern for an inflatable suit that she can take anywhere. Then Caity visits Canvasland in Levin where all great Bouncy Castles are borne. The team weld Caity up a suit and prepare her for her Goober Challenge at the super stunt training gymnasium the Bruce Pullman Center. Caity's final Challenge is to survive a 15 ft. drop whilst wearing her protective suit.
Zoe Holyoake aged 10 from New Plymouth
Zoe wanted a way to keep skating even when you run out of energy, and to convert the energy you did use when skating. So the gravity roller skates were born they store electricity(power) when skating (ie going down a hill) and then can be powered up going up hill or when in need of an extra boost. The Goober Challenge is to power her skates with the energy from the mighty Mt. Wellington and then lead the Pirate city Roller Darby team into victory at their next bout.
Calum Wheeler aged 10 from Auckland
Episode 14. Electronic Money Bank - Eldon Benett aged Every-day piggy banks are so dull. No wonder New Zealand has a saving problem. What everyone needs is a little fun and motivation to save. Eldon's Money Bank has a brain of it's own so that it counts your money as you save it and provides little rewards at give savings intervals. At the end of your goal the piggy bank puts on a show and transforms into the thing that represents your goal. The bank comes in a selection of soccer ball, car, motorbike or air plane.
The final Showdown
The final episode of this riveting series reveals the results of the audience inline People's Choice and the top five young inventors have one final chance to pitch their ideas to the judges who will announce their choice at the end of the show. The winning young inventor will then walk away with the $10,000 Patent Prize Package from A J Park and The Icehouse.