7th Grade Engineers Finding Solutions for Seniors

April 15, 2013 by Morningside Ministries


The Randomist Return to Morningside Ministries

Morningside Ministries would like to recognize and congratulate our friends, The Randomist for taking home the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Champion’s Award at the Alamo Regional Convention. These brilliant young adults designed a cane that, using gyro sphere technology, stands on it’s own. This device, if achievable, would possess a momentous practicality for aging adults. By the way, did I fail to mention that they are only thirteen?

Young Engineers
The Randomist, a team of San Antonio based middle school students, has competed in the FLL tournament for the past two years. FIRST, and acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international non-profit public charity that strives to spark an interest in science and technology in young students, inspiring them to become leaders in the field and promoting “well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.” More than 20,000 teams from more than 60 countries take part in the FLL competition, building and programming self-directed robots.

In addition to winning the Champion’s Award at the Alamo Regional Convention this year, The Randomist qualified their Standalone Cane in a separate, but reated competition; the Global Innovation Award ( Their invention was selected from hundreds of other groups across the world as semifinalist in a completion that could propel them straight to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In November, residents of Morningside Ministries at The Meadows were able to assist The Randomist in their research for a unique and innovative technology for seniors. We came together and brainstormed what inventions would have a practical impact in the lives of other adults. Charged with the energy of innovation and the will to do good for their elders, The Randomist concluded that improving mobility was a universal trend for seniors.

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