To that end, MicroWorlds, LCSI's current iteration of Papert's programming language for children, encourages curiosity and experimentation beyond the precise syntax and complex character strings demanded by languages like Java and C++.
Micro Worlds: Using the Logo language designed by Seymour Papert, LCSI's flagship software, MicroWorlds EX, is designed for children starting in fourth grade.
Several States, including those with FSLA winners, have found some success applying LCSI
. For example, while Bob Callan was Georgia Division Administrator, the FHWA Georgia division and the Resource Center introduced LCSI
to several State and local partners through workshops and seminars.
For more information on implementing LCSI best practices at the State or county level, contact Leslie Wright at 202-366-2176 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dean Larsen at 410-962-2372 or email@example.com.
Other States that have used LCSI training successfully and disseminated best practices such as the SCR program at the county or local levels are California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
Kentucky's SCR pilot program is an outgrowth from a series of workshops on low-cost safety improvements (LCSIs) launched by the FHWA Resource Center at the request of FHWA's Missouri Division Office.
Typical LCSIs include removing vegetation, including trees that pose a hazard (although such trees also might be delineated with object markers); building up shoulders to eliminate dropoffs; and adding signage to warn of unusual roadway features, such as sharp curves, or to accentuate the four corners of bridges.
Along with Terry Chism, a transportation safety engineer with FHWA's Kentucky Division Office, Goble attended an FHWA-sponsored training program on LCSIs in 2004 and later customized those materials for a Kentucky-specific 1-day workshop on LCSIs.
Then, each of the six ADDs with the highest crash records hosted a workshop to disseminate best practices and share information on LCSIs. All counties in a host ADD were invited to send transportation professionals to the workshop, with representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet attending as well.
Using the information they learned during the safety audit, Denny Ray Noble, Perry County judge/executive, and Charles Cowell, deputy judge/executive, worked out a partnership with the KYDOH office in Jackson to implement several LCSIs at the junction of KY 15 and Crawford Mountain Road.