Flying Monkey Girl Scouts Create Prosthetic Hand | Community Spirit
The Flying Monkeys Girl Scout Troop of Ames created a prosthetic hand that helped a three-year-old, Danielle Fairchild, write for the first time. The creation won them the Innovation Award at a regional and State Championship in Iowa and an invitation to compete in the First Lego League competition.
Danielle was born without fingers on her right hand. The device titled "BOB-1" helped make life a little easier for her and her family.
The Flying Monkeys are currently trying to patent their device with the help of patent attorneys at McKee, Voorhees and Sease, and PLC.
In order to do this, the girls need to win the First Lego League Global Innovation Award in Carlsbad, California in May. This is especially special to Iowa because it is the first time a team from Central Iowa has been invited. The troop has been working hard to find sponsors to help them cover the registration fees and other expenses.
The Flying Monkeys wish to thank Iowa State University for taking care of registration fees. Other groups are being approached to help fund the girls' trip to California.
The Fairchild family adopted Danielle from China. She is their third adopted child. The family plans to travel to China to adopt their fourth addition to the family, a five-year-old boy also suffering with a hand difference. They hope that the Flying Monkeys help them with another prosthetic hand.
The Flying Monkey is a collaborative effort of Girl Scouts from Ames and Gilbert to compete in the First Lego League competition. The competition requires teams to hone their skills in math and science by applying it to real-life situations.
Voting for the Global Innovation Award goes on until Friday, the 18th of March.
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