A genius 10-year-old Melbourne girl has come up with a simple, game-changing Band-Aid dispenser and it’s got everyone asking, ‘why didn’t I think of that?!’
It was while undergoing chemotherapy that Bridgette Veneris realised how clumsy, wasteful and counter-productive Band-Aid packaging is. Not only did she pinpoint a universal problem, she knew she could find a solution.
“I thought, if no-one is going to do something about it, then this problem is just going to go on forever,” Bridgette told the ABC.
Bridgette played around with prototypes, eventually coming up with the ‘Faster-Aid’ – a sticky-tape type dispenser that rolls out ready-to-use Band-Aids.
This smart young inventor was mindful of both practicality and safety when she developed the Faster Aid.
“The casing can close completely to make sure no dirt gets in to the casing and it keeps the Band-Aids completely sterile,” Bridgette said.
Trip of a lifetime
The St Joseph’s School student’s invention was entered in Origin’s Little Big Ideas competition for young innovators and Bridgette was deservedly awarded a major prize.
As one of three overall winners of the national comp, she won an all expenses paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre to further her interest in science and innovation.
The other clever US-bound prize winners were a boy who invented a bespoke sensor sprinkler system and a boy who created a food recycling app.
“She is my hero”
Bridget’s dad Steve could not be more proud of his smart kid who’s endured 18 months of chemotherapy since her diagnosis.
“She’s been so resilient, she had long beautiful brown hair, she lost all those curls, she lost her ability to walk,” Steve told the ABC.
“She’s has been the most positive person, she is my hero.”
Bridget’s parents are now helping her patent her ground-breaking idea (and preparing for that exciting trip to NASA!)