Food safety continues to dominate the news – from accusations of food safety violations against Walmart in China, to changes in the US Farm Bill. The good news is that FIRST LEGO League‘s food factor challenge generated some terrific inventions that will change food safety worldwide.
FIRST LEGO League founder, inventor Dean Kamen will be introducing the four finalists – and the winner – for the 2nd annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Global Innovation Award on June 19, 2012 at the US Patent Office and Trademark Office.
Last June, Super Chef called out to chefs around the world to open their kitchens and mentor FIRST LEGO League teams (See FIRST LEGO League: Food Factor Challenge). 20,000 teams of kids ages 9-14 participated around the world. They programmed robots, competed in robot games, researched food safety and came up with incredible inventions.
What’s the grand prize?
• First-place team will earn the chance to bring its idea to market with the support of Edison Nation and $250,000 investment in services and support
• Runner-up teams will earn cash prizes from the X PRIZE Foundation to further develop their ideas
Stay tuned to find out which team won. Here are the four teams:
- “Erasable Barcode” by Moderately Confused of Dublin, Ohio
- “FreezeStick” by Seven World Wonders of Yeruham, Israel
- “Smart Milk Pitcher” by MATobot of New York, NY
- “Smart Sticker” by S.I.S. Robotic Revolution of Shelton, Conn.