Weare 7-year-old showcases invention on 'The Tonight Show'

By MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
December 03. 2017 9:29PM
Grace Messier of Weare was featured on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday. (Courtesy)

WEARE — Looking around her playroom, Grace Messier knew she needed to clean.

That’s what sparked the idea of creating some sort of invention to embody the old saying, “Work smarter, not harder.”

“I didn’t want to clean it up by hand so I wanted to invent something that would help me clean up better,” said the 7-year-old Weare resident.

Thus, the Cleaner-Upper was born.

Messier was featured on Wednesday’s night "Fallonvention" segment of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

After the classic joke about her hometown — “Where, New Hampshire? Oh, I don’t know, Portsmouth?,” Fallon said — Messier demonstrated her invention.

Almost like a slingshot, the plastic, metal and cardboard machine shovels up items left on the floor and flings them into a box as the driver pushes it along.

“This will really save you a lot of time,” Fallon said to the young inventor.

The segment, sponsored by General Electric, features young inventors from all over and their creations. Dozens have been featured after the segment started about two years ago and each of the children receives $5,000.

VIDEO: Grace Messier shows off her Cleaner-Upper to Jimmy Fallon:



This was the second young resident from Weare to be featured on the segment.

Though the joke about their hometown was the same, Sadie McCallum, 11, showed off a different invention just over a year ago.

McCallum, along with her little sister, Claire, showed off her Amazing Curb Climber.

The all-terrain design changes only the front of Sadie’s teal metal walker. Three wheels are stacked into an equilateral triangle that rotates when it hits a surface that’s at a higher level.

“So the first wheel will bump up and the rest of the wheels will bump up with it,” McCallum said.

McCallum has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy — a form of the condition that causes stiff or tight muscles in the legs — and has to use a walker. So trying to get up the big steps into a building was impossible for her with the walker she was using at the time.

“So I decided to make one that could and I did,” she said.


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