Friday, June 17, 2011

ABC World News Celebrates The Flying Monkeys

ABC World News followed The Flying Monkeys to Washington DC on Wednesday night, where they began the process to patent their award winning invention. 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, 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.

On Wednesday night, The Flying Monkeys finally got to meet Danielle Fairchild for the first time and watch her draw and color with their invention. Danielle's mother, Dale Fairchild, said the BOB-1 gave her daughter the option to use her right hand.

Do you know any girls interested in being inventors?