FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) recently wrapped up its BODY FORWARD Challenge. Teams were asked to explore bio-engineering possibilities and discover innovative ways to improve and maximize the body's potential.
The winning team, known as the "Flying Monkeys," will receive up to $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation to patent their invention, the BOB-1 — a prosthetic device that allowed a 3-year-old, born without fingers on her dominant hand, to use a pencil.
If the name strikes you as eccentric, things might make a little more sense after you learn that the team was made up of Girl Scouts, ages 11 to 13. Not only that, take a look at these other young inventors' submissions.
Feeling inspired? There's still time to enter the 2011 Create the Future design contest — and you won't even have to compete with the likes of the Flying Monkeys: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.