A Dragon for Sophie

sophies-dragonI’m with Sophie: I’d rather have a dragon than a pony.

A few months ago, Sophie Lester of Queensland, Australia mailed a letter to the scientists of that nation’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), asking if they could make her a dragon.

sophies-letter“Hello Lovely Scientist,

My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me. I would like it if you could but if you can’t thats fine.

I would call it toothless if it was a girl and if it is a boy I would name it Stuart.”

CSIRO responded, apologizing for their omission to both Sophie, and the country, on their blog:

“Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs. We have sighted an eastern bearded dragon at one of our telescopes, observed dragonflies and even measured body temperatures of the mallee dragon. But our work has never ventured into dragons of the mystical, fire breathing variety.

“And for this Australia, we are sorry.”

You’ve got to hand it to those Aussie scientists—they take it on the chin when they’ve been slackers about creating dragons.

But CSIRO assured Sophie they’d consider her request and within days presented her with her very own dragon, which looks remarkably like the winged star of How to Train Your Dragon.


Front-toothless Sophie with her new dragon, Toothless

“We couldn’t sit here and do nothing. After all, we promised Sophie we would look into it. So this morning at 9:32 a.m. (AEDT), a dragon was born. Toothless, 3D printed out of titanium, came into the world at Lab 22, our additive manufacturing facility in Melbourne.”

Just shows what the power of a letter, along with some sympathetic scientists, can accomplish. Now if they can just add a little robotic wing thrust to get it airborne…

Read the article on CSIRO’s blog.