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Building and testing a nine year old's crazy car seat contraption!

29 August 2017

YouTube channel Kids Invent Stuff, sponsored by RS Components, picked Connor’s car seat contraption to bring to life for its In-Car Entertainment Challenge.

Kids Invent Stuff asked children around the world to design something that would make long car journeys more fun. Connor came up with the idea of a simple, but effective in-car entertainment device that will literally blow you away. Who wants to ride inside a car when you ride two metres above it? At the push of a button, passengers can feel the wind in their hair and watch the scenery shoot by, all from the roof of the car!

Connor’s idea was picked for the In-Car Entertainment Challenge and quickly brought to life. As one of its biggest builds yet, Kids Invent Stuff were supported by Gripple Ltd, an engineering firm based in Sheffield. The three main components for the build were a car, a scissor lift and a car seat. It might sound simple to create but the scissor lift weighed 300kg and with a compact hatchback as the vehicle of choice, it was going to be a challenge!

One of the first things to be done, after buying the little green Vauxhall Agila, was to block the suspension so the 2.5m tall scissor lift didn’t make the car move too much and topple the person sitting down. Work also needed to be done to the back of the car so the lift would fit and could extend out through the roof. RS Components supplied a 230mm angle grinder and the RS Pro socket and spanner kit came in handy. 

Watch the video to see how they got on!

Kids Invent Stuff is a YouTube channel where children, aged from five to eleven years old, get the chance to have their ideas or inventions actually made real by engineers.

The objective of the channel is to provide primary school aged children with the chance to engage with real engineering projects. Each month, children submit their ideas for inventions to solve a different challenge. One idea is then chosen, built and tested on camera, often with hilarious consequences.


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