Thursday, March 3, 2011

Help Girl Scouts Win the LEGO League Global Innovation Awards!

Did you know? There are 3 Girl Scout FIRST Lego League teams in a field of over 120 teams in the FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award competition! The winner of the Global Innovation Award will receive a grant for up to $20,000 to fund a full utility patent for their device and start getting it out to others who need it. The top 3 are invited to the Awards Ceremony in Washington DC and will present their project to the US Patent and Trade Office!

The Flying Monkeys, a team from Iowa created a prosthetic hand device (the BOB-1) for a little girl in Georgia. This device allowed a 3 year old girl who was born without fingers to write for the first time. These Girl Scouts won the Regional and State Lego League awards for their innovation. They worked with patent attorneys in Des Moines, IA. The attorneys sponsored and mentored them through the provisional patent stage. The BOB-1 hand device is officially patent pending! They sit in 3rd place as I write.

The LOL Comets won the Los Angeles Region Champions Award. For their innovation, this third year team thought of the KAT Map- an indoor GPS for the blind they would like to build. They are currently in 41st place.

The Dbots, from Pasadena CA are currently in 104th place with their Shirt of Awesomeness. They were honored for their teamwork, robot design and project idea. They are working on the details of how to build a shirt that would be a back brace to help middle schoolers with heavy backpack loads and those with scoliosis who need a brace to correct their medical condition.

Right now the Girl Scouts need votes. That's all. Sharing this link and encouraging people to vote for them daily from every IP address available would do a huge favor to the girls and shows people all the wonderful things girls can do when they are empowered. Check out their amazing, novel innovations by following the links below and clicking on "view submission documents." Then take a moment and vote for your favorite Girl Scouts! Please support them! Vote daily! Vote from every IP address! Share their stories and encourage other Girl Scout supporters to vote as well!

To vote for the Flying Monkeys:

To vote for the LOL Comets:

To vote for the Dbots:

Voting closes on Friday, March 18 and Girl Scouts need to make a strong showing. PLEASE share this via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and any other way possible. Let's keep at least one Girl Scout team in the top 3 positions!