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After competing with more than 250 teams at the local and state level, the Neon Electrons, a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri robotics team, has been invited to participate in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology® (FIRST) LEGO® League’s (FLL) International Open, beginning June 4, 2014, in Toronto, Canada.

The Neon Electrons team members, who are all in seventh grade, will compete with 71 other teams from around the world, trying to dazzle judges with their LEGO robot Jazz, and presenting their innovation project after months of preparation.

The young women of Neon Electrons gained invaluable skills from FLL, including lessons in leadership, teamwork, professionalism, real-world experience and the ability to solve open-ended problems. This year, the theme of the competition is Nature's Fury. The competing teams must sufficiently program their robots to navigate the LEGO® Nature's Fury challenge table and they also must invent and present a solution to an identified natural disaster.

The Neon Electrons chose blizzards as their disaster and they developed a video for kids and young adults to empower them to stay safe by understanding the three main hazards of winter storms. They posted the video on YouTube. View it here.

The Neon Electrons also developed a product designed to use human power to melt snow into drinking water and they met with several St. Louis businesses to discuss disaster preparedness and the technical aspects of their invention. The competition judges were so impressed with the team's invention - the Magic Melter - that they encouraged the team to apply for a patent, which it did. The team has entered the Magic Melter in numerous competitions, including the White House Science Fair.

Last year, the Neon Electrons earned the highest award possible at the 2013 Eastern Missouri FIRST® LEGO® League, FLL, Championship, Tournament Champions. For more information about the team, visit its website, http://neonelectrons.webs.com/

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