FIRST® to Announce Global Innovation Award Winners Students to receive cash prizes and support from experts on how to bring their inventions to market during FIRST^® LEGO^® League Global Innovation Award Ceremony Business Wire -- June 12, 2013 FIRST^®: Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19 FIRST^® LEGO^® League Global Innovation Award Ceremony, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA Innovation Ambassadors Event, George C. Marshall Center, Department of State, Washington, DC WHO: Three finalist teams (kids ages 9-14) of the 3^rd annual FIRST ^® LEGO^® League Global Innovation Award Invention FIRST LEGO League Team Team Origin The Buddy Lucky is Our Dog Columbus, Ohio Gramma-Jamma NeXT GEN Oakland, MD Magnetic Plug Adaptor Rockford Christian Royal Rockford, IL Narwhals WHAT: Students showcase their inventions that help seniors lead better lives *Winning team will earn a $20,000 cash prize; two finalist teams will each earn cash prizes of $5,000 *The prize money, courtesy of the award’s founding partner XPRIZE, will be used to further develop the teams’ inventions and/or to support team activities related to FIRST programs. In addition, teams will receive expert support and in-depth intellectual property review from the award’s “Go-To-Market Sponsor,” Edison Nation. WHERE/WHEN: *Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Global Innovation Award Ceremony *Ceremony from 10:30 a.m. – noon p.m., EST *U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Madison Building; 600 Dulany Street; Alexandria, VA *Parking available in East Garage at 551 John Carlyle St. *Live streaming webcast of event *Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Innovation Ambassadors Event *10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. *George C. Marshall Center, Department of State, 320 21^st Street NW, Washington, DC *Media should RSVP to IPEinvites@state.gov or (202) 647-9103 by 4:30 p.m. on June 17^th WHY: The annual FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award helps students solve real-world problems by supporting the development of their ideas and inventions through the product development process. In conjunction with this season’s topic, kid inventors explored improving quality of life for senior citizens. VISUALS: *Tuesday: Global Innovation Award Ceremony *Kid inventor panel: students taking questions and discussing their inventions *Students presenting their inventions *Students engaging with senior citizen who inspired their inventions *Teams of local FIRST participants with their robots and projects on display *Winners and finalists announced *Wednesday: Innovation Ambassadors Event *Young innovators from the U.S. and other countries explain their inventions *Countries include: Chile, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden *Embassies around the globe to participate in live webcast SPEAKERS: *Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Global Innovation Award Ceremony *Donald E. Bossi, President of FIRST *Robert K. Weiss, Vice Chairman and President, XPRIZE *Louis Foreman, Founder of Edison Nation and PBS Television Show, Everyday Edisons *Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Director, USPTO ADDITIONAL DETAILS Dean Kamen founded FIRST ^® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit, to inspire young people’s interest in science and technology. FIRST^® LEGO^® League is one of four programs offered by FIRST. Each year, FIRST LEGO League issues students a three-part challenge, which includes building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO^® MINDSTORMS^® NXT and conducting a research project working under a set of Core Values. Students in FIRST LEGO League can submit their ideas in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award program. This year’s award program sponsors include: XPRIZE; Booz Allen Hamilton; John Deere; Rockwell Collins; Edison Nation; United States Patent Trademark Office; and AARP. For more information, visit http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org/. Contact: For FIRST Michelle Toomey (on-site day of event), 508-423-4226 email@example.com or Maureen O’Connell, 617-939-8330 firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST® to Announce Global Innovation Award Winners
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