Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Flying Monkeys are a Hit!

The Flying Monkeys, a group of Girl Scouts from Ames, Iowa, has invented a prosthetic hand device to help a three-year-old girl write and will receive up to $20,000 to patent their invention as the winner of the inaugural FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation.

The Flying Monkeys have recently been a hit in the media! Check out articles in Yahoo, The Stir, TMC, Wired, MSNBC, Strollerderby and AZO Robotics, to name a few. Below is a video provided by Iowa's NBC News 13.

The First Lego League all Girl Scout team named Flying Monkeys, topped 179 submissions from 16 countries with BOB-1, a prosthetic hand device that helps users with limb abnormalities hold, grip, stabilize or secure items. The competition tasked FLL teams to explore bio-engineering and discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

Have you ever invented anything?