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Student Innovations in Water Use, Interaction Recognized at FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award

Students from around the world were recognized yesterday for their
exemplary water use solutions at the eighth annual FIRST® LEGO® League
Global Innovation Award ceremony. Held at San Jose State University,
20 FIRST LEGO League
teams were honored by Don
Bossi, president of FIRST®,
for their innovative solutions. The ceremony included parents, students,
coaches, sponsors and leaders in innovation and technology.

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FSINGENIUM, a FIRST® LEGO® League team from Pamplona, Spain, poses after winning the Global Innovation Award in San Jose, California, for their solution to water use issues. (Photo: Business Wire)

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) is a not-for-profit organization that inspires young
people’s participation and interest in science and technology. FIRST LEGO
League teams from 26 countries worldwide submitted their solutions for
the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award. Submissions
were reviewed by a panel of expert judges, who then selected a winning
team and two runners-up after a series of interviews, presentations and
invention examination sessions throughout the two-day event. The winning
team received a cash award of $20,000, and both runners-up each received
$5,000.

As part of the event, the 20 semi-finalist teams attended workshops on
business models, design thinking and additional topics led by Global
Innovation Award supporters and sponsors.

WINNER – HYDROBALL by FSINGENIUM of Pamplona, SpainHYDROBALL
is a tennis-ball sized water conservation tool that gets buried in the
soil and precisely measures how much water is available for crops. It
provides the user with real-time data via smartphone 5 technology. With
a dual sensor and battery life of seven years, the HYDROBALL measures
both the moisture in the soil and the tension with which the land
retains water – that is, the amount of water available for the plant.

RUNNER-UP – PLASTICKER by D++ of Tel Aviv,
IsraelPLASTICKER is a disposable sticker placed on water
bottle labels that changes color when the water has prolonged exposure
to high temperatures. The nontoxic thermochromic liquid crystal on the
sticker changes color at the exact temperature when the plastic begins
leaching chemicals.

RUNNER-UP – UVeggie by LEGO Legion of Cincinnati,
Ohio, USAThe UVeggie is a salad-spinner-like appliance that
uses UVC-wavelength light and water to kill microbes and clean produce,
so travelers and volunteer/aid workers can eat healthy and enjoy fresh
produce.

2017-2018 FIRST LEGO League ChallengeAs
part of the 2017-2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS? Challenge, FIRST LEGO
League teams (students ages 9-16; ages vary by country) in 85 countries
were asked to explore how to improve the ways people find, transport,
use or dispose of water, all while operating under the FIRST signature
set of Core Values, emphasizing teamwork and good sportsmanship. More
than 280,000 children worldwide explored what’s possible when we work
together to solve one of our planet’s most pressing issues.

“The ability to teach and nurture the next generation of STEM leaders is
why Booz Allen partners year after year with FIRST LEGO League,”
said Susan Penfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation
Officer at Booz Allen Hamilton. “It’s the spark of ingenuity in the eyes
of the Global Innovation Award semi-finalists that reminds us of our own
passions. As a firm fueled by maintaining a vibrant innovation
ecosystem, we’re proud to continue to support FIRST in its
efforts to make the world a better place.”

FIRST LEGO League partners with award sponsors to advance the
common goal of fostering innovative problem-solvers. Partners in
Innovation include Booz Allen Hamilton, PwC and LEGO Education.

Global Innovation Collaborations include John Deere, Rockwell Collins,
XPRIZE and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. The FIRST LEGO
League Global Innovation Award is presented in cooperation with The
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

“Our world is becoming increasingly dependent upon technology, and we
need innovators and creators to help us continue moving society
forward,” said Tina Knauss, Assurance Partner and Bay Area youth
education partner champion at PwC. “PwC’s purpose is to build trust in
society and solve important problems, and we see no more important way
of doing this than by equipping the next generation with the skills
they’ll need to change the world and inspire others to do the same. FIRST
has a proven track record of changing students’ lives through STEM
education, and we’re proud to support FIRST® LEGO® League and the
students it touches around the globe.”

Find more information about FIRST LEGO League and the
Global Innovation Award here.

About FIRST®Accomplished
inventor Dean
Kamen founded FIRST®
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in
1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young
people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs
accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and
life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in
science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the
Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships,
the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics
Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech
Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST®
LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League
Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious
Professionalism® is a way of doing things that
encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and
respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST,
go to www.firstinspires.org.

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