Group Goes Green with Lightbulbs When you hear the word “Girl Scouts,” most people immediately associate it with “cookies.” Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics (FRC) and inventor of the Segway, is striving to provide a similar fundraising icon for the FRC teams. Sponsored by Google to the tune of $3 million, this energy efficient “green” lightbulb can only be obtained from FIRST Robotics teams. The Columbia Area Career Center Army Ants FIRST Robotics team was introduced to the product at the Regional Competition in St. Louis in March. It’s not everyday that you find high school students excited by a lightbulb, so there must be something special about these! The LED bulbs average many thousands of hours of life, use approximately 10% of the energy of an incandescent bulb and are totally safe to dispose of. Because there is no filament, they are extremely useful in garage door openers and overhead fans. The quality of light is exceptional, they turn on instantly and if you drop them, don’t worry – they are almost impossible to break! One of the best benefits is knowing that your investment is supporting not only the environment but Boone County students who will be the next generation of leaders for our world. LIghtbulbs can be purchased for $20 (discount available for quantities over 5) by calling Julie Lyman at 268.5670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.