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Go!  Exploring the World of Transportation    

Web resource containing career information, curricula, articles, and comics related to transportation


Introducing Transportation Engineering to 5th Graders

Materials developed by researchers at The Georgia Institute of Technology for active learning outreach programing with middle school students relating to Transportation Engineering. The materials were originally developed for programming with a metro Atlanta public school that serves a racially and economically diverse student population with the majority of students falling into lower income brackets and minority populations. The modules are designed to be completed over multiple sessions that can be spread out over many days or in a condensed period of time.  Involvement in the overviews and single or multiple modules should show students that Engineering is an accessible discipline that utilizes many skillsets that they already possess and encompasses multiple aspects of their lives.

National Transit Curriculum

6 Modules with 24 Lesson Plans

Module 1: Introduction to Public Transportation

Module 2: Governance, Finance and Policy

Module 3: Planning and Design 

Module 4: Transit Service Planning 

Module 5: Transit Management 

Module 6: Public Transit Technology and Trends 

Suitable to guide lesson planning or course development in University, community college or high school programs.

Free educational resources to help you learn or teach about the science of car crashes.

Videos, demonstrations and teacher-developed, classroom-tested activities aligned to the latest standards bring crash safety STEM applications to grade 5-12 classrooms. Developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Students and teachers: Explore in class or at home without registration. Explore the videos, demonstrations and activities by yourself, in small groups or as an entire class.

Teachers: Register and sign-in to receive free access to additional teaching resources. Enjoy the additional benefits of downloadable standards-based lesson plans, instructional roadmaps, Teacher Tips videos, answer keys and more.

This website connects transportation and climate change with resources including an emissions calculator, maps, and a learning center that provides both student activities and teacher tools. See the Activity Guide for activities comparing different types of transportation, including rail and aviation.

Getting Around Clean & Green: Transportation and the Environment
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association has created an activity in which students research the effects various modes of transportation have on both the environment and human health. Students learn how to conduct research, work with graphs and charts, conduct surveys, and analyze results. [Grades 6-9]

Moving Through Time
This general lesson from Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place shows how various methods of travel have changed over time. [Grades 2-5]

Program Implementation Resources for Teachers: Teaching about Transportation?
The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) has an excellent collection of activities and teacher’s guides exploring the effects of different forms of transportation on the environment. Offerings include Transportation Rocks for elementary students; The Future is Today a research and debate activity for upper level students; and teacher’s guides on biodiesel and ethanol. [Grades K-12]


National Employability Skills Framework   

Central clearinghouse on resources for instruction and assessment for employability skills

Strengthening Skills Training & Career Pathways Across the Transportation Industry       

Fact sheet and full report examining six subsectors in transportation including:  trucking, highway construction and maintenance, transit and ground passenger transportation, rail, air, and maritime transportation

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) Competency Model         

Collaboratively developed competency model highlighting personal, academic, workplace, industry, and sector competencies necessary for success in TDL careers

Heavy Highway Civil Construction Competency Model    

Collaboratively developed competency model highlighting personal, academic, workplace, industry, and sector competencies necessary for success in highway civil construction careers


Women and Skilled Careers in Transportation: Image, Recruitment, Retention

Women and men across the country and from all modes of transportation joined the 2011 National Dialogue focused Women in Blue Collar Transportation Careers that focused on the image, recruitment, and retention of women in blue collar transportation careers.

APEC Women in Transportation Data Framework and Best Practices Report 2015

The WiT Framework addresses increasing women’s inclusion in the transportation sector through five pillars: education, hiring and entrepreneurship, retention, leadership and user access. It pairs desired outcomes with specific actions and metrics, providing APEC economies and partners a menu of options to increase women’s inclusion.

US DOT Programs for advancing women

The Department of Transportation is dedicated to developing and advancing women in the industry through programs that advance Education, Access to Jobs, Retention, and Leadership.

Learning that Works Resource Center

Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The Resource Center is a one-stop shop for program directors building effective career guidance and education programs across disciplines.

Institute for Transportation Engineers Career Center

For Job seekers and Employers encouraging careers in engineering. Also links to information for students at the undergraduate and graduate level within civil engineering/transportation programs to prepare students for the interdisciplinary nature of highways, transit, infrastructure, and other multimodal requirements within roadway systems.

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