FLL Update: Global Innovation Award Winners, Programming, MoonBots 2012, Brandeis Study

–>FLL(R) Global Innovation Award – 2 Winners!

In a surprise decision, the FLL Global Innovation Award judges named two teams as first place winners for their food safety inventions during an awards ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on June 19th. The winners were each awarded up to $250,000 in services and support from the award’s Go-To-Market Sponsor, Edison Nation, to help bring their ideas to market. Both teams will also be featured on the Emmy award-winning PBS television show Everyday Edisons.

Two runner-up teams were awarded $5,000 grants from the X PRIZE Foundation, Founding Sponsor of the award, to help further develop their ideas.

– First Place Winner: Moderately Confused of Dublin, Ohio, invented the Erasable Barcode to prevent the sale of meat stored at improper temperatures at grocery stores;
– First Place Winner: S.I.S. Robotic Revolution of Shelton, Conn., invented the Smart Sticker to indicate whether or not food has been stored at the appropriate temperature;
– Runner-Up: MATobot of New York, NY, invented the Smart Milk Pitcher that detects milk spoilage by measuring pH change and alerts consumers; and
Runner-Up: Seven World Wonders of Yeruham, Israel, invented the FreezeStick to renew the freezing of ice in a cooler, gaining 10 extra hours of cooling.

Missed the ceremony? Watch the recorded webcast: http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org
Congratulations to all!

 –> Programming Questions?

FLL has a wealth of information on programming your NXT robot. Check out the FLL Team Resources page for step-by-step tutorials for both rookie and veteran teams.

–>Prepare for SENIOR SOLUTIONSSM…and maybe win a trip to Hawaii!

As part of the FIRST family, you know that you can program robots to do some pretty cool things. What if you could program a robot to simulate missions on the Moon? Here’s your chance to do just that!
The MoonBots 2012: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) Challenge is underway.  You still have time to enter, and it’s free! The Grand Prize winners will receive a trip for the team and their families to visit the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems in Hawaii. This two-phase contest, sponsored by the X PRIZE Foundation and the LEGO Group, is open to teams of 2-5 kids from ages 9-17. Free registration and Phase One of the contest is open through July 15.
To learn more about the challenge, additional partners supporting the challenge, and how to register a team, visit http://www.moonbots.org.  Be sure to check out this video created by Google Lunar X PRIZE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6hcEYeMQVo&feature=player_embedded

–> FIRST(R)/Brandeis Longitudinal Study

This summer FIRST and the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management are joining together to launch a multi-year longitudinal study of three of FIRST’s national robotics programs:  FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition. The goals of the study are to examine the impacts of FIRST’s programs by following approximately 300-400 new participants in each program (1000 team members in all) over a period of up to five years and comparing changes in key outcomes to those of a comparison group of young people who are not involved in FIRST. Key outcomes for the study include interest in STEM and STEM-related careers, college-going, pursuit of STEM-related college majors and careers, and development of 21st century personal and workplace-related skills.   The study will focus on a nationally representative sample of teams drawn from 10 states:  California, Texas, New York, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon, Florida, Washington, and New Jersey. FIRST and Brandeis will be contacting teams in those states over the summer to solicit their interest in participating in the study.  If contacted for the study, we hope that you will make every effort to participate in this important initiative.


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