Tell us a little more about your winning invention Millie.
“When I go to see my grandparents in Suffolk and Denmark, I always think the air smells so much cleaner. I live in London and there are so many pigeons that I came up with the idea of the Solar Powered Pollution Sucking Robot Pigeon so that we could extract the pollutants from the air without disturbing the other birds in London. I want my invention to help make the air cleaner in London and the world, so we can help improve people’s health.”
Have you always been interested in science and technology?
“Yes, through Topic in primary school, so more how they were combined. We do much more science and technology now in secondary school, we’ve learned so much more and I love it. I’m part of the STEM club, where my favourite invention so far is our homemade lava lamp.”
What was your favourite science lesson at school?
“Learning about acids and alkaline and when we made a ph. scale out of acids and alkaline. It was really interesting, and we learned about acids in everyday household objects like toothpaste and bleach. It felt new and useful and made me feel really good because it all made sense of what’s around me.”
What made you want to enter the Young Imagineers competition?
“I’ve never done a competition before but thought I’d give it a go. It was something that combined everything that I like: science, drawing and helping the world.”
Would you like to explore a career in science, technology, engineering or maths?
“I don’t know what I’d like to be yet when I’m older but I really enjoy it. And it’s something I like a lot more than I expected. I feel better about what I do and myself, and I feel like I understand more because of it.”
Who are your role models?
“My family, Greta Thunberg, and David Attenborough.”
What advice would you give anyone who is thinking of entering the Young Imagineers competition later this year?
“Go for it! It doesn’t matter if you don’t win or get into the finale, it’s about thinking about the world and taking part making it better, helping us having a better future.”