No, not unbelievably cute fabric. Unbelievably cool girls though. The Flying Monkeys are a team of local junior high age Girl Scouts who competed in this year’s First LEGO League competition. Half the competition involves LEGO robotics, but the second half, where these girls have really made their mark, is a challenge to come up with a solution to some real life problem.
The Flying Monkeys designed and built a prosthetic device that allows a three year old girl born with no fingers on her right hand to hold a pencil in her right hand for the first time. As I understand it, the Bob-1 as they call it is a device that is adjustable and can grow with her to some extent. Not a bad accomplishment for a group of 6th and 7th graders!
Here’s where you come in. The girls are competing for the First LEGO League Global Innovation Award. This award comes with a cash prize to be used towards patenting their invention and making it available to others. They have already had enquiries from people who feel this invention could help them in their daily lives. If you would like to encourage the girls along, please vote for them at http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org/teams/flying-monkeys/submission/bob-1-hand-device. You can vote every day until March 18, from as many IP addresses as you have access to.
Go Flying Monkeys! Go Girl Scouts!