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CRACKING idea, Cohen, lad... Cohen Stewart, 7, of Wigtown, has won a school workshop with top animator Jim Parkyn for a new invention that makes life better – a 3-Brie Printer, a machine that prints cheese. Aardman, the studio behind the hugely successful Wallace and Gromit films, and Intellectual Property Office announced the news when releasing details of winners in their Cracking Ideas competition. The competition challenged Britain's brightest young inventors to design something that ‘makes life better' and was designed to get them thinking about the importance of intellectual property – the ideas behind things – in today's world. More than 1,500 youngsters took part, taking inspiration from the innovative Aardman duo W&G to create their very own helpful inventions. Open to schools and young people aged between 5 and 11, resources included learning and activity packs designed by Aardman. The aim of the competition was to inspire the inventors of the future and highlight the importance of protecting the intellectual property in their designs. Dominic Marday, 9, of Greenwich, London was the overall winner. He invented Litteration, a robotic figure complete with antennae, stretchy arms and wheels that can roam the streets, eating, sorting and recycling litter to help clean up the environment. Dominic's invention will be featured in Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up as his prize. It is a new interactive Wallace and Gromit digital adventure being released this year. Two other winning entries have won a visit from Aardman animator Jim Parkyn to their school when times permit, for a model-making workshop – Cohen and Finn Alcoe, 9, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, who invented the Dunk 'n' Go, a robotic arm that dips biscuits into an automatic biscuit dunker. A dial selects the degree of sogginess. Tim Moss, CEO of the IPO, said: “The UK is great place for innovation and creativity. We know that young people have the gift of imagination without limits, and the wealth of clever creations we have received from young designers across the country show how true this is. It is inventions like these that make our world a better, safer, easier and more enjoyable place in which to live.” Aardman's Merlin Crossingham, Wallace & Gromit Creative Director said: “We have loved seeing how young people from all over the UK have put on their thinking caps to design some ingenious out-of-this-world inventions that would make even Wallace and Gromit proud!” Cohen's invention, the 3-Brie Printer, prints edible cheese. A claw puts a cracker onto a plate which passes through the printer on a conveyor belt. Buttons are used to choose the type of cheese, which is shown on a screen. Levers control the claw and the thickness of the cheese. There's sure to be Galloway Cheddar in there!

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