A YEAR 8 student from Melville Senior High School who wants to be an astronaut is in the running to win a trip to the NASA Kennedy Space Center for his invention of a safe socket to protect children from electric shock.
Dean Morris’s Safe and Sound Socket would only provide live current if an electric plug was inserted and would beep for 30 seconds if a foreign object was inserted.
His entry is part of the littleBIGidea competition in which category winners get $1000 in prizes and $500 for their school.
Dean’s aviation teacher told him about the competition.
“Ever since I was a little kids I always was fascinated by space,” the 13-year-old said.
Dean travels from Thornlie to school each day and recently returned from the United States where he travelled with his family before spending a week at the Space and Rocket Center in Alabama.
“I would love to be the International Space Station commander or even fly to Mars,” he said.
“I wanted to go to the best school and best aviation program so I did my research and saw that Melville Senior High School was the only school in WA with two full moving flight simulators, these are used to train students towards their solo pilot’s licence which we can achieve at the age of 15.”
It also has a music program so he could play both guitar and clarinet and join two school bands.
Two years ago, Dean started a charity called Give Our Strays a Chance to raise funds for animal shelters.
Entries closed on September 30.
For more information on the competition, visit www.littleBIGidea.com.au.