Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Girls Exploring New Ideas Using Science

Quest, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Magazine, reports on the six Girl Scouts from Atlanta who belong to GENIUS (Girls Exploring New Ideas Using Science). GENIUS designed and built a wheelchair backup camera for Quinn Schnitzlein, a 10-year-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy. The backup camera won first place in the FIRST LEGO League Georgia Championship, as well as the Make a Difference award in the FIRST robotics 2011 World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri.

The backup camera system—which they are adapting for another friend with spinal muscular atrophy who is a fellow Scout—needs to be customized for each user’s abilities. Interested innovators can find basic information about materials and design on the GENIUS website.

Do you know any inventive Girl Scouts?