Wednesday 26 September 2018

Big rewards for business brains at RDS exhibition

From left to right: Clodagh Jordan, Kate Wilson, Grace Drumgoole and Ava Crean, all aged 12, from Kilcoole Primary School in Co Wicklow, with their project ‘Spectacular Stress Balls’ at the Junior Entrepreneur Programme at the RDS. Photo: Damien Eagers
From left to right: Clodagh Jordan, Kate Wilson, Grace Drumgoole and Ava Crean, all aged 12, from Kilcoole Primary School in Co Wicklow, with their project ‘Spectacular Stress Balls’ at the Junior Entrepreneur Programme at the RDS. Photo: Damien Eagers

Sorcha O'Connor

Sometimes it is the simplest of ideas that return the biggest rewards.

At the Junior Entrepreneur Programme Showcase in the RDS yesterday, it was clear that some of Ireland's best business ideas right now are coming from the classroom.

Fifth and sixth class pupils of Scoil Bhríde Loreto in Killarney, Co Kerry, noticed that tweezing a tick to remove it from your arm could result in more toxins entering the bloodstream than if you twist out the blood-sucking insect.

This simple remedy lead to the invention of their Tick Kits, which sixth class student and sales team member Ali O'Donoghue said was now being stocked by 10 local pharmacies. "The instructions are on the lid of the kit, which includes tick twisters, plasters, anti-septic wipes and a pair of gloves. We set up a factory in our classroom and can make up to 100 kits in two minutes," she said.

The group were crowned Community Champions yesterday.

Looking after the well-being of others was a recurring theme among our young business minds. Ballygiblin NS, Co Cork, put together a Positivity Box. Meanwhile, Scoil Náisiúta Seosamh Naofa, from Co Galway, found a way to make it comfortable to sit on a tractor. Their Tractor Back Support has been so popular they have had to restock the invention twice.

Irish Independent

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