Thanks to the 527 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) teams who submitted their invention ideas to the FLL Global Innovation Award, presented by XPRIZE. The following Semi-Finalist teams have been selected to continue in the competition:
|Team Name||City||State/Province||Country||FLL Region||Invention|
|Lego Lions||Austin||TX||United States||Central Texas||Haptic AppPlatform for Visually Impaired|
|Classy Cyborgs||Aurora||ON||Canada||Ontario||Treasure Box Braille Program|
|Team Storm||Terre Haute||IN||United States||Indiana||ROY G. BIV Math System|
|Robogators Team 2||Everett||WA||United States||Washington||Bridging Classic w/ New Teaching Methods|
|NeXT Generation||Tully||NY||United States||New York - Utica||Bridge To Communicate|
|Brick Ops||Overland Park||KS||United States||Greater Kansas City||Lexi-Learn|
|Braille Boys & Annie||Cumming||GA||United States||Georgia||Insta-Braille|
|FLL & Beyond: 2 squared + 3||Santa Barbara||CA||United States||Los Angeles (CA)||Raiders of the Lost Elements/ChemBattle|
|Robot Rights||Dublin||OH||United States||Ohio||Math Magic|
|Fast & Curious||Rockville||MD||United States||Maryland||SMART|
|Guardians of the Bricks||Fernley||NV||United States||Northern Nevada||String EaZe|
|Robobenders||Northern Westchester||NY||United States||Hudson Valley||What is My Face iPhone App|
|The Dark Knights||Bellevue||WA||United States||Western Washington||ReWrite with a SmartWrite|
|Electric Eagles||New York||NY||United States||New York City||SocialQ|
|Mann Master Builders||Union||KY||United States||Northern Kentucky||Safe Tackle Football Helmet|
|NDV Blue DragonBots||San Francisco||CA||United States||NorCal||SimuBot|
|Robrostorms||Glen Rock||NJ||United States||North New Jersey||ConnectMe Classroom App|
|Heschel RoboHawks||Northridge||CA||United States||Los Angeles (CA)||The Word Ring|
The FLL Global Innovation Semi-Finals will take place in St. Louis, MO, USA, from April 22 to 25, as part of the larger FIRST® Championship. Semi-Finalists will present their creative solutions on the future of learning to a panel of judges and to the public. From that pool of 20, three will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C., in June to be honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $20,000, and two runner-up teams will take home $5,000 each. Prize money must be used to further the teams’ ideas or to continue in FIRST programs.
Where will your ideas take you?
The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE is designed to encourage and assist teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems.
For many teams, their innovative solutions created through the Project have led to some amazing opportunities, like receiving local and national media attention, meeting government leaders, and seeing their invention be brought to market. For some, their inventions have changed lives.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
About the FIRST® and LEGO® Partnership:
In 1998, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and the LEGO Group’s Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen joined forces to create FIRST® LEGO® League, a powerful program that engages children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology through the FIRST LEGO League experience. Dean and Kjeld have a shared belief that FIRST LEGO League inspires teams to research, build, and experiment, and by doing so, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.