Jake Coppinger

ACT

In his words:

The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards introduced me to the wider world of science and engineering, and has absolutely changed my life.

Attending Intel ISEF as a member of the Australian team after receiving third place at BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards strengthened my desire to learn and innovate.

Jake Coppinger on a stage wearing his glove invention

Jake won third place in the engineering category of the awards in 2014 for his invention of the Swirlesque glove - a new and unique form of human-computer interaction. It recognises natural hand gestures and performs actions, communicating through smartphone apps.

Jake is glad he took a chance and submitted his project so that he had the opportunity to participate in the awards and attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in America.

After receiving his award, Jake spoke about his journey and experiences of creating a technology prototype at TEDxSydney in 2014.

Jake is now in Year 12 at Gungahlin College in the ACT studying mechatronics, maths, physics, IT, media and English.

When he graduates at the end of the year, Jake wants to pursue computer science or mechatronics engineering at university to continue learning and innovating.