YOUNG Innovators

Group of girls known as The Flying Monkeys pose for the camera

Meet the Flying Monkeys

The very first FIRST® Lego League Global Innovation Award ceremony was held at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA in June 2011.

First place was awarded to the Flying Monkeys, a team composed of 11 and 12 year old Girl Scouts from Ames, Iowa. Their invention, the BOB-1 Hand Device, enabled a toddler born without fingers to hold a pencil and write for the first time. On September 23, 2014, the young inventors were granted Patent No. US 8840157!

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