Sam powers ahead with road safety design

Alstonville High School year 12 student Sam Jacobsen received the Powerhouse Museum DesignTECH award for his innovative invention Plate Lock.

A bulldog clip was the inspiration behind Sam Jacobsens Plate Lock clamp for attaching P and L plates to cars, a simple but ingenious concept that has won the Alstonville High School student the Powerhouse Museum DesignTECH Award for Innovation in Design.

The DesignTECH exhibition features the HSC Design and Technology projects of 24 NSW students, and the award is given to the product that best demonstrates a thorough approach to product innovation.

A parka for the homeless, a new way to perform a tracheostomy and a power generating hiking pack featured in the exhibition, but Sam believes his won because there is a genuine need for it.

I think road safety has become a real issue lately, said Sam. And my design is about improving the visibility of the L and P plates so that other drivers are more aware of inexperienced drivers.

Sam won himself a cash prize of $500 and a weeks work placement with Design Resource, a Sydney-based product design and development company.

With the win up his sleeve and a few contacts made, Sam now plans to look into patenting his design and ultimately manufacturing it.

The 2006 DesignTECH exhibition will be on show at the Powerhouse until March 2007 before touring regional NSW. Sam is the only North Coast student to feature in the show.

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