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Students Pick Cataracts as their FIRST Challenge

View of an Eye with a Cataract

View of an eye with a cataract

Even unsuccessful contestants in the FIRST Lego League competition come up with imaginative ideas. A case in point is the team from Urbandale, Iowa. Challenged to build robots to tackle a biomedical engineering problem, they decided on cataracts, the Des Moines Register reports.

They “chose to focus on the eye since a majority of the team’s members wear glasses,” according to the newspaper. The performance of artificial lenses used to correct cataracts is poor, they concluded. Their solution was to develop an intraocular lens made of a flexible bag of fluid, which could expand or shrink to focus more effectively.

The team did not advance to the state finals from the regional competition, but did receive an award in programming, the Register reported.

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