The Flying Monkeys, the Girl Scout FIRST LEGO League team from Ames, Iowa, and the winners of the inaugural FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award (2011), are participating today in the Second Annual White House Science Fair.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, announced that seven FIRST students have been invited by President Obama to attend the second annual White House Science Fair, for their achievements in robotics engineering, invention and scientific innovation.
The Huffington Post reports that President Barack Obama made a "special plea" to the press today to give coverage to the winners of the White House Science Fair. "Pay attention to this. This is important," Obama said during remarks in the East Room, where this year's teenage winners sat all around him. "This doesn't just belong on the back pages of a newspaper. We've got to lift this up and emphasize how important this is and recognize these incredible young people. This is what inspires me and gets me up every day."
Last year, ABC World News followed The Flying Monkeys to Washington DC where they began the process to patent their award winning invention. The Flying Monkeys developed a prosthetic hand device to help a 3-year-old toddler without fingers write. The device not only won the group the $20,000 FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award from the X Prize Foundation, it scored the scouts a provisional patent.