Hi Laura, Yes, your team's idea does fit the Body Forward Project Challenge. Just make sure the device or tool (the solution) work directly with the body (system - i.e. immune OR part - i.e. hands) to prevent the secondary infection (the problem). In addition, to be eligible for project awards you must have a live presentation that: . Describes your body part, function, or system, the problem, and your team's innovative solution . Identifies at least one scientist, engineer, or doctor who is working on the problem and tells about them . Shows that your team did the research and tells about the books, magazines, websites, reports, and other resources you used to learn about your problem and those working on it . Tell how you shared your research findings with others . Can be set up and presented in 5 minutes or less You can also check on the FLL website for the most up to date project FAQ (copy below), and if needed you can always e-mail your questions to [log in to unmask] Cheers! T. (Curt) Tran Judges Advisor, TJHSST Regional '09 Mentor Team #5390, Kilmer-I '09 Mentor Team #8941, Kilmer-II '09 Coach Team #324, Scitobor '08 Coach Team #3563, Rabid Llama Lords '07 Loading... Project FAQ - Body Forward Questions about the Project? Email [log in to unmask] Q: Can a team's Project solution focus on safety or prevention of the problem associated with the body part, function or system chosen? A: Yes. Once a team has identified a body part, function or system to study further and has chosen a related problem to focus on, their solution may be a device that can prevent the problem from happening as long as the device is used directly with the body in some way. The device or tool must work directly with the body in order to prevent the problem from happening. Q: Do safety-type or injury prevention devices fit into the Body-Improved Category? A: Yes. By creating or improving a device that will work directly with the body to keep the chosen body part safe from the problem researched, the team has created an opportunity for the Body to be Improved. Q: Must a team's problem and solution focus exclusively on the human body? A: Yes. For the Body Forward season we are only focusing on healing, repairing, and improving the human body. Q: Does our team have to find a solution that would cure our problem or can we come up with a solution that would allow the person to live more comfortably or successfully with the problem? A: Your team can absolutely come up with a solution that allows the person to live more comfortably and successfully with a disease, injury, illness or a disability. Remember your solution must directly impact the body in some way. From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Laura Dysart Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 8:21 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [VADCFLL-L] project idea I am the one with the kid on my team who had a super sci-fi idea- we found enough issues that it just isn't going to be possible. Our team is interested in pursuing a problem- the initial info was given by a biomedical engineer at VCU who came to speak to the kids- problem is people die or get very sick in hospitals due to a secondary infection from staff non-compliance in hand- washing (seems small, but causes death and illness). Kids have researched the impact of this already. System: immune, problem people get seriously ill and die unnecessarily. Some devices are in the works- if our kids came up with a "unique" ability to warn staff they have not washed their hands (the assumption being health care professionals by profession don't want to hurt patients by not washing their hands- they just get busy and forget.... one of our team members was concerned that this would not actually be considered bio- medical engineering- although a bio medical engineer expressed it as one of the more important issues in the field. Does anyone have any clue if this would not be considered bio-med engineering for any reason? or is their a higher authority source we could check in with so we don't waste time. laura Dysart:) On Oct 6, 2010, at 7:39 PM, Tom Bove wrote: The coaches handbook had a judge's scoring/evaluation criteria chart. Is there a copy on-line? 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