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Science competition earns trip to White House

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A Los Alamos girl scout troop was invited to a science competition last month to promote the creation of a project for senior citizens. Two of the girls were chosen by President Barack Obama to present the project at the White House Science Fair.
The Atomic Flying Pickles is part of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. They are a First Lego League or FLL team of sixth graders, who follow a love of science.
“I am so excited and honored to be going to the White House and to be able to meet other students from around our country doing STEM related projects,” said Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the New Mexico Trails. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The girls, 11 and 12 years old, attend Mountain Elementary School.
The FLL team competition was held in St. Louis, Mo. The girls used Lego models with robots in an obstacle course to solve problems from the theme. Since the project dealt with how to help the elderly, the obstacle ideas revolved around balance and other health issues seniors have to endure as they age.
For the final project, the group of five had read a story in a Pittsburgh medical journal about a cooling headband that helps with insomnia. It is a non-pharmaceutical solution since seniors are susceptible to potentially dangerous drug side effects.


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