A Nevada Highway safety grant will allow this Reno FLL team to implement their Smart Moves Project !
Members of the Test Track Dummies team point out the area of their pedestrian safety survey, which was part of their Smart Moves Project.

On Oct. 19, 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting members of the FLL Test Track Dummies team in Reno, Nevada.  The team are students at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, a public school on the University of Nevada, Reno campus for profoundly gifted middle and high school students.

For their Smart Moves Project, the team identified pedestrian safety problems after conducting an extensive survey around their school. They then focused proposed solutions to the problems, zeroing in on two high-traffic streets near the campus – North Virginia and Sierra Streets. The team’s short-term solution was to create an incentive program to educate and reward pedestrians and drivers who use safe practices in these areas.

Members of the Test Track Dummies hold the Programming Award their team won last year at the Nevada State FLL Tournament.

The team presented this idea to the University of Nevada Police Services, whose leaders were so excited by what the team proposed, that they began collaborating on a grant to implement the program. The project, a year-long Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign on streets near campus is called “Speed and Pedestrian Safety Management on North Virginia and Sierra Streets,” and has been funded by an $11,825 Highway Safety grant, recently approved by the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety.

Definitely Smart Moves by a great FIRST LEGO League team!

The Test Track Dummies FLL team (at last year's Smart Move - Nevada FLL Tournament- Las Vegas)