Girl Scouts Patent Prosthetic Device for Toddler, Win $20,000 Prize

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Early Girl Scouts Could Earn Electrician, Aviator Badges

Back when the Girl Scouts got its start in the early 1900s, it already boasted an electrician badge and an aviator badge, per the direction of its founder Juliette Gordon Low -- herself an aviator and an environmentalist, said Kate Pickles the program project manager for the Girl Scouts' STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program.

"We've always been pushing the ideas of what people believe the roles of women should be," Pickles said.

Across the country, the Girl Scouts is sponsoring 250 teams like the Flying Monkeys, who are working on all kinds of technology challenges, from a back-up camera for a girl in a wheelchair to a GPS system for the blind.

But the Flying Monkeys' prosthetic hand device is particularly notable, Pickles said.

"This is just one way to get them excited about science and show them that they can make a difference in these files and have a meaningful impact," she said. "They've really pushed the envelope of what any of us thought they might come up with."

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