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Students Take Lego Robot Invention to State Competition

Creation would assist older adults

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012  |  Updated 8:49 PM EDT
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Elementary students in Fairfax County show off a Lego robot that demonstrates an invention to help older adults.

Elementary students in Fairfax County show off a Lego robot that demonstrates an invention to help older adults.

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It may look like child's play, but some elementary school students from Fairfax County are hoping their Lego invention will be the winning creation that helps older adults.

The student will compete Saturday in Virginia's first Lego league competition at James Madison University.

The team includes six students, two each from fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

Five of the students are from Willow Elementary School in Fairfax. The other is from Centreville Elementary School.

They are Yullee Moon, Joy Chung, Parth Raut, Dylan Bui, Hayden Ko and Ishan Kalburge.

The team showed off its creation Monday at George Mason University, where Dr. Andrew Guccione, the head of Mason's Rehabilitative Science Department, has been offering them guidance.

Their coach is Kent Pankratz, a Mason alum who works for Booz Allen Hamilton Public Relations.

A real-life version of the Lego design would assist adults with mobility and dexterity problems.

The robot creation would do tasks such as moving things, maintaining balance when they stand up and even letting pets outside.

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