FIRST® to Announce Global Innovation Award Winners

  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

Business Wire

-- June 12, 2013


                    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

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.


  *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 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


  *Tuesday: Global Innovation Award Ceremony

       *Kid inventor panel: students taking questions and discussing their
       *Students presenting their inventions
       *Students engaging with senior citizen who inspired their inventions
       *Teams of local FIRST participants with their robots and projects on
       *Winners and finalists announced

  *Wednesday: Innovation Ambassadors Event

       *Young innovators from the U.S. and other countries explain their
       *Countries include: Chile, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden
       *Embassies around the globe to participate in live webcast


  *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

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

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,


Michelle Toomey (on-site day of event), 508-423-4226
Maureen O’Connell, 617-939-8330
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