Young Inventors’ Competition - Schoolgirl from Oldbury, West Midlands wins her school £5000


A 10-year-old girl from Oldbury has won her school a substantial amount of £5000 to spend with Viking after impressing a judging panel with an invention for the classroom.

Shajeevana Pratheevan from St James CE Primary School, Oldbury, won the Viking Young Inventors’ Competition, beating hundreds of entries from primary schools across the UK.

Judges from Viking, provider of everyday essentials to schools, and competition partner, Eastpoint, were impressed by Shajeevana’s design and it was clear she evaluated her environment and the challenges pupils do face in school. 

The aim of the Young Inventors’ competition was to encourage children to utilise their imagination, and expand their vision of the potential advancements to their everyday stationery items in the classroom. Pupils had the choice of inventing a design for their classroom that was either fun, futuristic or eco-friendly.  

Shajeevana said: “I thought of a design that will help children in the future that struggle with learning their lines whether it is for an assembly, choir or if they are in a play. I am really happy I have won and will be taking lots of pictures with my new camera.” 

Jacqueline Hills, Legal & Compliance Director at Viking and competition judge, said: “For such a young school girl Shajeevana clearly demonstrated creativity and practicality in her design and a real forethought in the difficulties pupils have with remembering lines. Picking the winner was extremely difficult due to the sheer volume and calibre of the entries, but Shajeevana’s innovative design and the thought processes behind it stood out above the rest.”

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(left to right) Alex Rawlings - Deputy Headteacher, Jaiminie Chauhan - Viking representative, Shajeevana Pratheevan, aged 10  - Winner, Emily Newton - Shajeevana's teacher and Charlotte Manning – Teacher.