Young Scientists from Meadow Vista, California

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Young Scientists from Meadow Vista, California Present Invention to Nordic Royalty at UN COP15 

Team Devised Early Wildfire Detection System for FIRST® LEGO® League "Climate Connections" Challenge

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The "LEGO Guards," a FIRST® LEGO® League team from Meadow Vista, Calif. presented their early wildfire detection system invention to Nordic royalty at the Bright Green Exhibition during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. From left to right: Secretary of Commerce, Eva Björling, Sweden; Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Crown Princess Viktoria of Sweden, team members Alejandro Vega and Andrew Wood; and Coach Heidi Buck.

Manchester, N.H., December 16, 2009 - The "LEGO Guards," a FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) team from Meadow Vista, Calif., were visited by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; and Eva Björling, Secretary of Commerce, Sweden, at the Bright Green Exhibition during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. The team of 11 to 13-year-olds was demonstrating an early wildfire detection system they devised as their research project for the 2008 FLL "Climate Connections" Challenge.

The team was one of 56 from 29 countries chosen to attend the May 2009 Children’s Climate Call in Copenhagen, organized by the LEGO Group and FIRST Scandinavia. They were awarded the event’s Sony® Climate Change Innovation Award and subsequently worked with Sony engineers and technologists to refine the idea and turn the concept into reality. A prototype was installed at Tahoe City, Calif. on November 19 and the team exhibited their proof of concept on the Sony Stand at the exhibition.

FLL is an international program created in a partnership between FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and the LEGO Group in 1998 based on a common belief that fun and learning go hand-in-hand, and that an inspired mind can accomplish anything. Children work alongside adult coaches to conduct research and to design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies to complete missions based on real-world challenges.

About  FIRST®
 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 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 the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, 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 children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9 year-olds. 

About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately-held firm based in Billund, Denmark. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through high-quality, creatively educational play materials, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen:  "Only the best is good enough."  For more information, visit www.LEGO.com
 
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