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Kid Innovators One Step Closer

20 Apr 2011, 18:49 UTC
Kid Innovators One Step Closer
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179 submissions, 400,000 public votes casted and 145 country voting participants later, the winner and runner-ups of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Global Innovation Award presented by the X PRIZE Foundation was announced this week.The Google Lunar X PRIZE would like to congratulate these youth teams for getting one step closer to patenting their innovative ideas.Grand PRIZE WinnerThe Flying Monkeys, a Girl Scout team from Ames, IowaInvention Idea: BOB-1 is a multi-functional, cost-effective prosthetic hand device that would enable users with limb abnormalities to hold, grip, stabilize, or secure items.Runner-UpsThe 4th Motor, a youth team from East Troy, WisconsinInvention Idea: Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring system is an innovative way to combine RFID technology, microchips and a really cool looking watch so that kids never have to prick their fingers again.Blue Gear Ticks, a youth team from Lincoln, MassachusettsInvention Idea: A unfurling bio-absorbable arterial stent, expands upon demand when children grow. This will help with congenital heart defects.

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