Wednesday, May 4, 2011

ABC News Celebrates The Flying Monkeys

ABC News reports that Girl Scouts today build innovative biomedical devices to win patents.

The Flying Monkeys, a group of Girl Scouts from Ames, Iowa, 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 last month, it scored the scouts a provisional patent.

The group confirmed their dedication to work on hand and arm prosthetics when Melissa Murray, one of the scouts' mothers and co-coach of the team, met Dale Fairchild on a Yahoo Group for families affected by congenital limb differences. Murray's daughter, one of the Flying Monkeys, uses an adaptive device for a hand difference. Fairchild's 3-year-old daughter Danielle, born with symbrachydactyly, had a thumb and palm but no fingers on her right hand.

Reporter Ki Mae Heussner illustrates that when the Girl Scouts got its start in the early 1900s, it already boasted an electrician badge and an aviator badge, per the direction of its founder Juliette Gordon Low -- herself an aviator and an environmentalist.

Do you know any Girl Scouts involved in STEM initiatives?