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Young inventors need your vote
February 14, 2012

Blog by Matt Scherer

As you heat that microwave burrito or that extra slice of pizza from the fridge, is it safe to eat?

That's the question that the Randomists, a group of five sixth graders competing in the First Lego League, asked themselves before developing a T.I.M. (Thermal Image Microwave).

"Today a microwave heats to the time input by the user, but the team found food heated this way does not reach a safe temperature that will kill potentially food poisoning causing bacteria," said Diane Clements, the team's coach and mentor. "The Randomists invention incorporates infrared detection to measure the temperature of the food."

Clements added a color graphical display will show a color thermal image of the food item. Different colors represent the temperature of the food and the oven will automatically stop when the food reaches the correct temperature.

"What Apple® did to the smartphone, we are doing to the microwave!" Clements noted.

The Randomists have entered their invention into the FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award. This award is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovation solutions to real-world problems.

Twenty teams will make a final round of judging, Clements noted. Ten will make the cut, based upon the number of popular votes they generate. Another ten will make the finals, based upon the merit of their work.

Right now, the Randomists are at number 70 in the popular voting and as Kasey Kasem of American Top 40 Fame would note they're moving up. However, these five students need your vote. For those with smart phone technology, you can go to the Q/R code. If you don't have a smart phone, you can also vote online by going to

The online competition allows everyone to vote every day so please think of this as effort to support some budding scientists.


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