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Published: Friday, 2/15/2013

Votes sought for Sylvania Schools' team in FLL Global Invention contest

BY CRYSTAL BURNWORTH
COACH, MUTUAL MINDS
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Sylvania has a team that is competing for a FLL Global Invention award internationally and we need your votes.

We are a First Lego League team from Sylvan Elementary and McCord Junior High.

The team is made up of seven young men ages 10-12 years old. They have had an excellent season competing in Ohio's competition for Lego Robot engineering and this is the next step.

They've submitted their invention idea to the competition and are now attempting to market their invention and receive votes. Last year a team from Dublin, Ohio won a sponsorship from Edison Company of inventions in the amount of $200,000 to produce their idea.

Mutual Minds came up with the idea for a device that seniors could use daily, encouraging their independence and engagement in the community. We spoke to many professionals as well as seniors, who explained that the senior population tends to worry about falling and hurting themselves. This may cause them to not want to leave their homes. Our invention is a device that would alert emergency response personnel in the event of a person falling and not being able to recover from the fall. This project not only allows seniors to remain independent, but cuts out the cost of a "middle man" service company that calls 911 for them.

Judges in the contest will determine the three finalists to be honored at a June 18 awards ceremony at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000 and the two runners-up each will receive $5,000.

AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, will select one submission to be presented at the AARP National Event & Expo May 31-June 1 in Las Vegas.

Our boys have a provisional patent and would like to see if they can take their idea any further. Voting ends at noon March 1.

To find out more about the contest and to vote, go to http://fllinnovation.firstlegoleague.org/angel-assist



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