Full Invention Name:
Senior Safety Crossing Cards
Robo Brick Builders
We started in 1st grade in Jr. FLL in 2009. We were in Jr. FLL for 2 years. We have six boys and one girl, and the boys were all in the same kindergarten class. In 2011, we had our first FLL year. This year, we built a prototype for our Senior Safety Crossing Card. We met with scientists and researchers at the University of Washignton's STAR (Smart Transportation Application and Research) Lab. Sometimes we'd run up and down the block when we had too much energy. We'd say "Dramatic download" and "epic fail" when we worked on our robot. We won the Most Innovative Solution Award at our competition.
Brief Submission Description:
Osteoarthritis is a big problem. It happens when you lose cartilage in your joints. It’s the main cause of disability in people over age 50. It kills the victim’s range of motion. People can’t walk far, long or fast. They are less engaged and independent. Our solution is the Senior Safety Crossing Card, which gives seniors more time to cross the street. We have an RFID sensor over the crossing button. The senior pushes the walk button, scans their ID card and they get longer time to cross the street. If you have an injury like a broken bone, you can get a temporary ID card. People under the age of 60 with a physical disability could get a card from their doctor. If an emergency vehicle is coming, the senior will have to wait to cross the street. Each senior would get a certain amount of time depending on his or her age or disability. Seniors wouldn’t have to wait as long to cross the street, too.