FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation

published on July 3, 2019 - 12:56 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

How do you clip your finger and toenails in space?

A team of Fresno elementary school students set out to solve that quandary, and in the process earned finalist status in an international competition.

On Tuesday, the Chaos Crew from Fugman Elementary School, was named as one of the top three finalists (out of 20 semi-finalist teams) in the ninth annual FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award ceremony. The event, which was held in San Jose, recognized teams from 31 countries around the world.

FIRST is an international non-profit organization aimed at inspiring participation and interest in technology in young people. The winning team from Brazil received a cash award of $20,000 for their invention called the “CosmoCup,” a menstrual collector.

The Chaos Crew collected the runner-up prize of $5,000.

The Fresno team earned this with their “AstroTube Clipper,” a specialized nail clipper that catches the clippings in a special plastic tube. This allows for easy disposal in zero gravity.

“To get here, they worked together to create an innovative solution to a complex problem, while considering possible barriers to implementation, documenting their work, and validating their design with STEM professionals — all challenges they’ll face in the workplace,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST.

According to an ABC 30 report, they also plan to pitch their idea on Shark Tank.


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