FIRST® LEGO® League 2010 Challenge

Aloha! Today we share a fun clip from students at Hanahau `oli School in Honolulu, Hawaii, who are putting their brains to work for diabetes technology. The team of third, fourth and fifth graders you see here participated in the FIRST® LEGO® League 2010 Challenge, a competition designed to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

This particular team of nine to 14-year-olds, also known as the Monkey Wrenches, chose to focus on diabetes for the science and engineering challenge because both a teammate and one of their coaches live with diabetes. How about that team spirit!

They felt that today’s diabetes management technology needs some improvement, so they set out to find a way to make it more accurate and less painful. While we’re proud of the technology we have now, we too know it’s not perfect (that’s why we’re always working on advancements) and we love to see kids taking an interest in science and technology.

Their design took The Monkey Wrenches all the way to the state championships where they took second place overall!

Congrats to the Monkey Wrenches for all your great work – and don’t forget about Medtronic when you’re all top-of-your-class engineering grads!

Note: The designs presented in the video are solely the ideas of the students from Honolulu and do not represent any product development plans of Medtronic. As much as our engineers may have liked a trip to Hawaii, Medtronic was not involved in this project at all, leaving our R&D department stuck here in Northridge, CA.

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