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Kid Inventors Win $20,000 Prize for Creating Device to Help Seniors Pick Up Small Objects

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 22:30:00-04

MANCHESTER, N.H.-- Kid inventors in the FIRST® LEGO ® League (FLL ® ) took top honors today at the 3rd annual Global Innovation Award ceremony for their invention, the “Gramma-Jamma,” an assistive aid for seniors, earning a $20,000 cash prize from the Award’s Founding Sponsor, XPRIZE.

Nearly 500 FLL teams from around the world submitted ideas for inventions that could help seniors lead better lives. The winning invention, submitted by “NeXT GEN” from Oakland, Md., is an assistive device that helps seniors pick up pills or other small objects that are difficult to retrieve with a conventional claw or magnetic-type device.

The theme for the competition was SENIOR SOLUTIONS SM; FLL teams were tasked with creating inventions that help seniors lead better lives.