St. Joe Elementary Students Create Road Warning Sign

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – It's an invention engineers with the Fort Wayne Street Department says they've never seen before—and it was invented by St. Joseph Central Elementary School students.

Students who are part of the Lego League interviewed 21Alive’s Curtis Smith about ice storms for their project—a sign that warns drivers about hazardous road conditions.

They came up with the idea of using a solar-powered battery to take the temperature of the road, and display a color on the sign to indicate the risk level of driving on that particular road.

"The sign will reveal high, medium, or low, which will indicate the chance that there will be ice on the road. So you'll be able to know how dangerous it will be, and how many precautions you'll have to take,” said Keaton Grider, a student with the Lego League.

Lego League supervisor Jim Dettmer says the group met with an engineer from the Fort Wayne Street Department who wants to make a prototype and test out the sign in a parking lot.

The city’s sign shop will be able to construct the sign, but the group is still searching for help when it comes to implementing the mechanics of the sign.

The street department told the group that if the prototype works, they'll construct and use the signs on city streets all over Fort Wayne.

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