|NeXT GEN, a team of middle school students from Oakland, MD, won the 2013 FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award.
As part of this year’s FIRST Lego
League challenge, Senior Solutions,
teams across the world were tasked
with creating inventions that help
seniors lead better lives. NeXT GEN, a
team of middle school students from
Oakland, MD, won the 2013 FIRST Lego
League Global Innovation Award. The
team will receive $20,000 from XPRIZE
and support from Edison Nation to help
bring their invention to market. Their
invention, the Gramma-Jamma, will
help improve the lives of senior citizens
around the globe by helping them pick
up small objects that are difficult to retrieve.
Other winning inventions included:
■ Buddy (Lucky is our Dog, Columbus, OH): “The Buddy” is an easily installed motion
sensor that monitors for movement in a senior’s home. If movement is not detected
during the pre-determined time frame, the device calls several, pre-programmed
emergency contacts that can check on the senior and call emergency services if
■ The Magnetic Plug Adaptor (Rockford Christian Royal Narwhals, Rockford, IL): The
Magnetic Plug Adaptor is a safe, easy-to-use alternative to the traditional electric plug
and prevents seniors from tripping over power cords.