We have a great team!! There were only three (3) returning members on our seven (7) person team. It was exciting teaching and guiding the new team members. One member of our team created a book that would help guide a new teammate in the basics of programming. We have a great engineer that can build us ANYTHING we need for the task at hand. Sometimes the attachments are so good, they outshine the robot. We have a team member, who at one time almost was built a"mock cage" during the competition due to his "enthusiasm" during the robot games. We feel this year we accomplished a lot more than last year by remembering what we learned and attending a programmer training session in the off season. Our understanding of FLL and its CORE values improved immensely this year. Our team was able to work collaboratively with the other FLL team housed in the same building with us, Twisted Toys. We were also named as the NW OH Ambassadors and look forward to promoting FLL.
Brief Submission Description:
The team came up with the idea for a device that seniors could use daily, encouraging their independence and engagement in the community. We spoke to many professionals as well as seniors, who explained that the senior population tends to worry about falling and hurting themselves. This may cause them to not want to leave their homes. Our invention is a device that would alert emergency response personnel in the event of a person falling and not being able to recover from the fall. Team members met with senior citizens, a professor of Physics, emergency response people, and explored the feasibility of putting the device into the marketplace. This project not only allows seniors to remain independent, but cuts out the cost of a "middle man" service company that calls 911 for them. We decided to write a patent for our idea because our community contacts encouraged our team to pursue this much needed device for the senior community.