We are the Bettendorf Robodogs from Bettendorf Community School District in Bettendorf, Iowa. Our team consists of ten boys and girls from grades 5 -8. Our team was chosen from a two week summer camp in which students competed in building and designing a robot to meet various challenges. During the summer camp students also presented on an idea based on the current them of FLL. Bettendorf CSD has organized a team for the past five years. For four of those years we have made the trip to our state competition. Last year, we won the Champions award at the state level and traveled to Florida for the FLL Open International Championship. This year we won first place for the Overall Project at state with our product “The Tongue Lift. The team this year consisted of 5 brand new members and 5 experienced members to act as mentors. It is a unique experience when combining students from grades 5th-8th grade together. This team works extremely well together and has a blast doing FLL.
Brief Submission Description:
Our team invented “The Tongue Lift.” This product will help seniors put on their shoes without having to bend over. Also, seniors won’t have to worry about the tongue getting in the way when they try to slip their foot into their tennis shoes. The current way taught to occupational therapy students at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa is to use a shoehorn and grabber to hold up the tongue. The professors at St. Ambrose acknowledge that this is very difficult for many seniors to do at the same time. Our product fixes this problem. “The Tongue Lift” uses clips that act as adjustable locks to keep the tongue elevated. Elastic shoelaces keep the shoe snug and toggles can adjust the tightness. Our idea would be to sell one simple product where the adjustable lock and toggle are combined as one product. The company, Gold Violin, is interested in purchasing the product if it was manufactured today. It would be included in their catalog. Remember to“Give your tongue a lift!"