‘Cord Up’, a project by Moyne Community School students, is one of the winning projects in this year’s Young Social Innovators Awards. The project involved the design and manufacture of a safety device to help prevent children getting caught in window blind cords.
As winners of the ‘Making Our World Safer’ category, ‘Cord Up’ received national media attention at this year’s awards exhibition which was recently held in Dublin.
The idea for the project came when the students learned of a toddler who had become entangled in a blind cord and died. When they researched it further, they discovered that one child died in Ireland or England every 18 months in similar circumstances.
With the help of their metalwork department, the students designed ‘Cord Up’, a plastic spool device which keeps the cord safe and is easily attached. They make the device in the school and have already sold more than 350.
The product, which was tested by a blinds safety officer, is patent pending and is for sale on their website, cordup.weebly.com or directly from the school.