Human progress impacts the natural world, and these three young engineers discovered a unique way in which technology can lessen its harmful effects. Finalists in the 2016 Minnesota FIRST® Lego® League championships competing against more than 600 teams, Alex, Elena and Sam researched and prototyped an ultraviolet-infused plastic film to prevent bird collisions and fatalities at U.S. Bank Stadium. As part of their research the "Avian Allies" met with 3M materials scientists and ultimately were invited to present their project to the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority.
Along with insights into manufacturing processes and hands-on experience with innovation, lead programmer Elena says the Minnetonka Community Education FIRST® Lego® League program, "taught me how to work as part of a team and settle disagreements without fighting. This is VERY important in everyday life, particularly if you have an older brother."