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Girl Scouts Invent Award Winning Prosthetic

Girl Scouts Invent Award Winning Prosthetic

Iowa Girl Scouts invent prosthetic to help 3-year-old born with no fingers write for the first time…

A team of Girl Scouts from Iowa have won a $20,000 award to patent a prosthetic device that enabled a 3-year-old girl born without fingers to write for the very first time.

The prize-winning prosthetic writing device, called the BOB-1, was developed by the Girl Scouts Flying Monkey’s robotics team, as part of FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition, an international robotics program.

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Prosthetic Invented By Girls Scouts Helps Girl Write

The Monkey’s, aged between 1-13, developed BOB-1 inspired by a fellow member who suffers from limb difference. With a few ideas, the girls consulted a prosthetics maker and an occupational therapist, before coming up with a simple design that would help 3-year-old Danielle write with the her right arm, for the very first time.

The BOB-1 incorporates a platform for support, a cylindrical holder for the pencil, and an arm strap to secure the prosthetic.

Danielle’s family has worked with the Monkey’s to help improve the device, and has requested another for a 5-year-old boy who also suffers from limb difference.

The Flying Monkey’s have already applied to patent the device, let’s hope it gains more popularity and becomes accessible for those suffering from similar conditions.


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  1. Tim Hornyak: Girl Scouts create prosthetic hand device. Crave, Cnet, 05/01/2011.

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