Seven-year old inventor sees her machine made real at University of Warwick’s Family Day

Over 5,000 people visited the University of Warwick’s special science themed Family Day at the weekend. Among them was seven-year-old Evie Williams who won the University’s Rube Goldberg machine competition.

Jane Furze from the University of Warwick’s public engagement team said: “A Rube Goldberg machine is a very special one because it accomplishes a simple task through a series of very complex mechanisms. Over the summer we went to lots of events and challenged kids from across the region to come up with the best and most fun Rube Goldberg machine and we were delighted with the response. We loved all the entries, but we had to pick a winner and Evie’s took the prize.”

Evie, who lives in Warwick, designed her machine at Art in the Park in Leamington in August. She visited the University’s Family Day on Saturday to see her design made into a real working machine and to enjoy the events, talks and activities campus.

Evie feels proud to have won the competition.

She said: “It is awesome! When I first saw the machine I liked how it was made and how it worked. It was clever how the balls moved around and made other things happen, so I wanted to design my own. It turned out well in real life.”

Evie is a big fan of science. She said: “At school I like doing science and also SPAG which is investigating things and finding out. At home I like pretending to make potions in the garden and making slime. I like getting the ingredients and putting them together and seeing what happens after.

When she grows up Evie wants to follow in her mum’s footsteps and become a driving test examiner, but she has some ideas for useful inventions in the meantime.

She said: “If I could invent a real machine that could do anything, it would tidy up my bedroom for me!”

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