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FIRST Lego League Names Winners

As part of this year’s FIRST LegoLeague challenge, Senior Solutions,teams across the world were taskedwith creating inventions that helpseniors lead better lives.
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NeXT GEN, a team of middle school students from Oakland, MD, won the 2013 FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award.

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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 necessary.

■ 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.

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