Casey Richardson-MouldNorthcross Intermediate
Rippa is a fast-growing sport for both boys and girls. One of the most frustrating moments is when you get penalised for not stopping when you are ripped, even if you don’t know you’ve been ripped. The E-Rippa Belt eliminates the problem with not knowing when you are Ripped. If the flag is removed the belt will sound letting the player know they have been ripped. Connecting the rip back to the belt silences the buzzer.
What inspired you to create your project?
I love rugby and playing rippa. It was a real-life problem that I wanted to solve, as I have experienced the challenge while playing Rippa. I really wanted to fix this problem as I believe it would ensure a faster, more efficient game, making it more fun for young girls & boys starting the sport!
Are you the first tech inventor in your family?
My Dad is an engineer & does invent little inventions to help with our equestrian lifestyle & farm. One of my favourites was his remote control lawnmower which you could sit on, all made from scratch.
Who influences your tech/innovation? (Parents/guardians, teacher, previous Bright Sparks Finalists? Etc.)
My teacher Mr Rowlingson helped me learn about micro-electronics in Y7 this triggered my curiosity about electronics. My Dad is also a huge inspiration to me as he is an engineer & really helped me learn and develop my knowledge with electronics. He is also always finding problems around our busy life and making inventions to fix those problems.