A Go-Go-Gadget girl has come up with an ingenious invention to keep her mits warm when she’s out on the field playing her favourite sport.
So impressive is 14-year-old Ellie Lang’s design that she’s showcasing the hockey stick reusable heated sleeve at the Houses of Parliament in London early next year.
Beating over 520 applicants, Ellie, a year-nine pupil at Ryburn Valley High, Sowerby Bridge, was one of 23 shortlisted entries selected by local MPs to go into the final of We Made It - a campaign to encourage youngsters aged 11-14 into manufacturing.
A panel of manufacturing experts then chose Ellie as one of seven national finalists who will transform their designs into prototypes at the UK’s first Fab Lab.
Ellie said: “I’d had the idea for a while after playing hockey in horizontal hail - it was that cold that we couldn’t hit the ball because our hands were so stiff. The idea for a warming system came from there.”
Ellie said her sleeve esign needed to be removable.
She said: “The sleeve can slide on and off the hockey stick, a metal disk is switched and the pad reacts with contact to heat the sleeve.”
We Made It judge and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker said: “Market research told us there’s nothing like Ellie’s product around, retailers thought it was a good idea with market potential - which is fundamental to manufacturing success.”