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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!