December 10, 2012 – Mind Machines Win Judges’ Award for Robot Design and Programming FLL State Championship
Mind Machines, a robotics team sponsored by Valador, wins Judges’ Award for Robot Design and Programming in the First Lego League State Championships held in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mind Machines robotics team is comprised of four middle school team members, two coaches and one assistant coach from Chantilly, Virginia. The team members are Thomas Chemmanoor, Nathan Stroh, Pranav Yanambakkam, and Anshul Chimaladinne. The coaches are Paul and Salija Chemmanoor and the assistant coach is Nagaraj Yanambakkam. The team received a trophy and medallions for each team member to commemorate their achievement from the competition.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old children (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada) created in a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips.
Children and their coaches from 96 teams gathered at the event, held at Harrisonburg High School, to celebrate science and technology and present their Biomedical Engineering solutions as part of the FLL “Senior Solutions™” Challenge. All the teams in the competition were required to come up with a solution that will better the lives of senior citizens. The competition was judged in four areas: project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork, with a consideration of the FLL Core Values.
The Mind Machines’ robotics design concept was to minimize polypharmacy while detecting early onset of Alzheimer’s. The team wrote a software program that was combined with a pill dispenser and a display. The program dispensed the correct dosage of medications to the senior citizens at the correct dosage time while delivering simple math or language based tests that have proven to detect the early stages of dementia. The smart pill dispenser program consists of an intelligent assistant to generate randomized simple math tests, record the speed at which the tests were solved, record the accuracy of the responses and transmit the recorded results from the tests to a community portal called “ElderBook”.
“Valador believes in supporting and mentoring these future innovators and engineers so that one day they will assist in creating cutting edge technology”, stated Kevin Mabie, Valador’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud of all the team members of the Mind Machines Robotics Team and how well they did in the competition.”
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Accomplished inventorDean Kamen founded FIRST 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 three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $12 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada), and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League(Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. 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.usfirst.org. To learn more about the “Body Forward™” Challenge, go to www.FIRSTLEGOLeague.org
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