Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Flying Monkeys are a Hit!

ABC World News followed The Flying Monkeys to Washington DC recently, where they began the process to patent their award winning invention. Other media outlets have been on The Flying Monkey's beat. So far the story has appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Yahoo, The Imperfect Parent, Ubergizmo, The Stir, TMC, Wired, Strollerderby, AZO Robotics and Iowa's NBC News 13. 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.