{Editor's Note: People - we have thousands of dollars in innovation prize money just waiting for great D-ideas. $1,500 of that is earmarked for creative kids. We do hope this example will serve as inspiration!}

A few months ago, a team of nine boys ages 10-13 calling themselves Team Pi POD unveiled an invention called the Dii - Diabetic Information Implant (pronounced like Wii) — an implantable continuous glucose monitor that's powered by a "blood battery" expected to last 2-5 years!  Yes, you heard that right. As part of the First Lego League (FLL) national innovation competition, University of Utah division, the boys spent months researching and "modeling" this invention, and took top honors for their work.

Over 17,000 teams compete in the FFL innovation program nationwide, with regional competitions held at universities, high schools, etc.  The specific challenge in Utah this year was to solve a "real-world problem" with an original invention in the area of "biomedical engineering."

"All the boys had family members and friends who have diabetes. They noticed that the finger pricking didn't really bother them; it was more the attention it gets and the hassle to get all that gear out each time," says Adrian Thygerson, a mother who was one of Team Pi POD's coaches.

"They basically combined two experimental technologies: a blood battery under development by a group of college students and professors — our model uses Gatorade — and an implantable device that's been tried on a pig."

"They worked with a physicist to understand blood storage, and built a model to show that blood could be used to power a battery. The sample with Gatorade gets up to 13 volts."

Nice job, Pi POD kids!

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