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19 Aug 2017, 18:01

Kids Invent Stuff Make Car Contraption Designed by 9 Year Old

We run Kids Invent Stuff - the YouTube channel where 5-11-year-olds can get their invention ideas built and tested by real engineers.

At the beginning of the month, we picked 9-year-old Connor’s invention idea to bring to life for our In-Car Entertainment Challenge. We asked kids around the World for their ideas for inventions to make long car journeys more fun.

This month’s build is the biggest we have undertaken yet and we were really lucky that a Sheffield-based Engineering Firm - Gripple Ltd - were able to support some of our additional build costs. The three main components for our build were a car, a scissor lift and a car seat. It might sound like a simple build, but with a 300kg scissor lift and a compact hatchback as our vehicle, we knew we were in for a challenge. 

One of the first things we had to do after buying a little green Vauxhall Agila, was to block the suspension so our 2.5-metre tall scissor lift didn’t make the car move too much and topple over when a person was sat on the top. We also needed to do some serious work to the car and the scissor lift – so that the lift would fit in the back of the car and could extend out through the roof. RS Components kindly sent us a 230mm angle grinder which got a lot of use on this build, as did our RS Pro socket and spanner kit.

Have a watch to see how we got on with the build:

Watch out for next week’s video, when we put Connor’s amazing invention idea to the test. SPOILER - There’s some pretty impressive drone footage involved!

If you want to see some of our other invention challenges and some of the crazy things we’ve built, then check out our YouTube channel.

Keep inventing!

Ruth & Shawn

I'm an inventor and engineer and half of 'Kids Invent Stuff', a youtube channel that brings to life kids' invention ideas. Shawn Brown and I set a different invention challenge each month and 5-11 year olds submit their invention ideas at as picture or videos. We then choose an invention to bring to life and film the process of building and testing it. We then upload the videos to our channel

19 Aug 2017, 18:01