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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Science Museum appoints resident inventor

19th October 2011

Culture vultures staying in central London hotels may be interested that the Science Museum has named its first-ever Inventor in Residence, who will be based on site to solve members of the public's problems.

Former Inventor of the Year and Dragon's Den success story Mark Champkins is the first to hold this new post.

His job will be to design a new range of products for the museum, drawing on inspiration from the site's public collection and archives.

Mr Champkins has also been tasked with maintaining a Twitter page, blogging and talking about science, design, innovation and his love of the subjects.

The inventor is responsible for creating self-heating crockery, healthy fruit-friendly lunch boxes, voting rulers, school bags that double as chair cushions and even "pre-chewed" pencils.

"Mark [Champkins] started out studying manufacturing engineering and product design, before starting a business called Concentrate, which designs and produces a range of products that help pupils to concentrate in lessons," commented the museum.

"The products ensure students are comfortable, hydrated, and able to pay attention in class, and they're available at our online shop."

Visitors to capital will get to see his work, having gained notoriety for successfully pitching his business to BBC Dragons Den investor Peter Jones.

Furthermore, he wrote The Big Book of Celebrity Inventions, describing innovations from prominent public figures.

This month, he launched the What's Your Problem competition, where museum guests can suggest an annoying everyday problem and Mr Champkins will attempt to solve it.

"I am constantly noticing new and fascinating inventions in the museum," commented the inventor. "I was in the Making of the Modern World gallery and it occurred to me that it contains a collection of the most influential artefacts in human history - and they are the actual items."


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