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Written by: Michael Bolton on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Posted in:

How many times have you struggled to open a child-resistant safety cap?  Well, your struggle may be over thanks to a team of 5th and 6th grade students from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA.

Who couldn’t use some help remembering things?  A team of eight friends called South Mountain Robotics have created a robot to help seniors “remember their daily activities, medicines and gives caregivers the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe.”

What about that strained back from bending over to get things out of a cupboard?  A team of 4th, 5th and 6th graders from Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California have created a device that will automatically lift pots and pans up and out of a cabinet eliminating the need to bend down to get things in lower cabinets

Those are just a few of the projects that have been submitted as part of the 2012 First Lego League (FLL) Innovation challenge.

The FLL releases an Innovation Challenge based on a real-world scientific topic every year.  This year’s challenge is focused on inventing tools to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities.

The challenge includes three components: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values.  Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values.

The project submitted are genius – and could definitely become a must have in a senior’s everyday life.  You can search through the many innovative projects here.