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San Antonio’s The Randomists - 2013 Alamo Regional FLL Champions and Global Innovation Award Semi-Finalists
April 9, 2013

This being National Robotics Week, we are pleased to publicly congratulate The Randomists, a local FIRST Lego League (FLL) team sponsored by BioMed SA, which won the 1st Place Champion's Award at the Alamo Regional Championship competition at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Easter weekend. The 7th graders (Nia Clements, Evan Meade, Max Ulmer, Luke Vilagi, and Madelyne Wilson) came together through their common interest in science, technology, and seeking solutions to world problems. Clements, Meade, and Vilagi attend Keystone School, while Ulmer and Wilson attend Montessori School of San Antonio.

The Champion's Award recognizes the team which fully embraces FLL's Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both engineering and research. In addition to building and programming an autonomous robot to perform complex tasks using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, the team was required to conduct in-depth research on the designated project topic ("Senior Solutions") and then develop an innovative solution to improve the quality of life for senior citizens by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities.

The team also entered its innovative solution for the FLL Global Innovation Award - a separate, but related competition, to encourage teams to further develop their solutions to real-world problems. Out of 20,500 FLL teams from 60+ countries that were eligible to participate, nearly 500 teams entered their senior solutions into the competition. The Randomists' solution, the "Standalone Cane," was announced as a Semi-Finalist following its selection by a panel of experts as one of the ten most promising innovations. Ten other innovations were announced as Semi-Finalists based on popular vote via social media. The Standalone combines two existing technologies into a cane that looks, weighs, and can be used like a regular cane, but will stand up on its own without falling. This allows seniors the use of both hands to perform everyday tasks.

All 20 Semi-Finalist entries are undergoing further evaluation, and three Finalist teams will be chosen in April to attend an awards ceremony at the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA in June. Additionally, as one of the ten teams whose solutions were selected based on merit, The Randomists have been invited to enter the Standalone into Edison Nation's online platform where it will undergo a review to determine market feasibility and patent protection. If successful, the team's innovation will be presented to potential retailers and manufacturers. The Randomists will also participate in a Q&A session with Edison Nation to be published in Inventors Digest magazine.

The Randomists were formed by Ian Clements, President and CEO of ViroXis Corporation, and his wife Diane after hearing FIRST founder Dean Kamen's acceptance remarks at BioMed SA's Palmaz Award Dinner in 2009. The team is coached by Diane Clements and Bryan Wilson.

Please join us in congratulating The Randomists on their extraordinary success!


http://fllinnovation.firstlegoleague.org/standalone-cane

https://sites.google.com/site/sarandomists/

 

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