Inventor Dean Kamen to Reveal Student Invention Winners of Sixth Annual FIRST®LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE®

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Students who designed biodegradable items, waste sorters to solve
environmental issues; eligible to receive cash prizes

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WHO: Twenty finalist teams made up of students ages 9-16 hope to
win the sixth annual FIRST ® LEGO® League
Global Innovation Award competition.

Invention   FIRST® LEGO® League Team Name   Team Origin

Diaper
Wizardz Environmentally Friendly Diaper Service

  Those Blue Girls   Chester Springs, Pa.

Invisi-Sort

  Not the Droids You Are Looking For   Pittsburgh, Pa.

Aerobically
Decomposing Plastic (ADP) Doggy Bags

  Trurobotics   Truro, Nova Scotia, CAN

PLASTIC
ZERO

  Gryffindor   Chappaqua, N.Y.

SPILSOP
(Stop package information leaflets – save our paper)

  Eli-minator-Gang   Halle, Germany

Yay
Bale Wrap

  A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S.   Russel, Ontario, CAN

The
L-Cup

  LOL   Elm Grove, Wis.

Sorta
Scrappy

  Green Mountain Gears   South Burlington, Vt.

Eco-Snappy
Tips™

  Team Storm   Terre Haute, Ind.

Bacteria
Buster

  24/7   Oakville, Ontario, CAN

Water
Soluble 6-Pack Rings

  Cyber Tigers   Austin, Tex.

Blue
wipe-cycling

  eColors   Bilbao, Spain

Can
Reflect

  the mainstream   Talca, Chile

TrashCam

  iRobot   Palo Alto, Calif.

The
Wyrmhole

  Termigators   Greenville, S.C.

Chipsulation

  Robostallions   Stuart, Fl.

Styro-Filter

  The Incredibots   Gahanna, Ohio

FIRF

  Fast Thinking Girls   Prospect, Ill.

Polystyrenator

  Nano Nerds   Folsom, Calif.

Artificial
Intelligence Recycler (A.I.R.)

  Team A.I.R.   Livingston, N.J.

WHAT: Student teams from 21 countries across the globe competed
in the 2016 FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award competition
presented by XPRIZE®, which was narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists teams.

  • Finalist teams will be interviewed about their inventions at the U.S.
    Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and one will win a $20,000 cash
    prize; two runner-up teams will each earn a cash prize of $5,000
  • The prize money, courtesy of the event’s Presenting Sponsor – XPRIZE,
    will be used to further develop each team’s invention or used toward FIRST
    activities; and each team member will receive a LEGO® MINDSTORMS®
    EV3 set from LEGO Education and presentation skills literary coaching
    from TED-Ed.

WHERE/WHEN:

  • FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award Ceremony

    • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    • 3:30 – 4:15 P.M.: Meet and Greet with the Semi-Finalists
    • 4:30 P.M.: Awards Ceremony
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Madison Building; 600
      Dulany Street; Alexandria, VA
    • Live streaming webcast of event: https://livestream.com/uspto/GIAAwardCeremony2016

WHY: The annual FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award
helps students solve real-world problems by supporting the development
of their ideas and inventions through the product development process. FIRST
LEGO League teams submitted ideas stemming from the 2015-16 season’s
TRASH TREKSM Challenge, which tasked teams in 80 countries to
explore the fascinating world of trash; from collection, to sorting, to
smart production and reuse. More than 233,000 children worldwide learned
there is more to your trash than meets the eye.

VISUALS:

  • Students answering questions from experts about their inventions
  • Announcement of winning team and runners-up

SPEAKERS:

  • Dean Kamen, Inventor and Founder of FIRST
  • Yvonne Cooper, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for
    XPRIZE
  • Panel of student inventors

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Dean Kamen founded the not-for-profit FIRST
® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest in science and
technology. FIRST® LEGO® League is one of
four programs in a Progression of Programs offered by FIRST.

Each year, FIRST LEGO League issues a three-part challenge to its
teams, which includes building, testing, and programming an autonomous
robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology and
conducting a research Project working under a set of Core
Values
. FIRST LEGO League teams with exemplary Project
innovative solutions around the TRASH TREK theme were nominated to
submit their ideas to the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation
Award competition.

XPRIZE has returned as Presenting Sponsor of the Global Innovation Award
for the sixth consecutive year. Partners in Innovation Sponsors include:
Booz Allen Hamilton, John Deere, Rockwell Collins, NRG Energy, Inc., and
LEGO Education, in cooperation with the USPTO.

Contacts

FIRST ®
Haley Dunn, 603-206-2494
hdunn@firstinspires.org