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Overview

A collection of resources to assist teachers in teaching women and girls about transportation-related fields and professions.

Opportunities

Resources

American Society of Civil Engineers: Youth Program
ASCEville, developed by ASCE and PBS, features resources for students, parents, engineers and teachers on civil engineering. It’s filled with classroom resources, digital media, games, videos, handouts and more. You’re sure to find something useful here.
 
Dots & Dashes, developed with an FTA grant for Delaware Valley can be adopted for other communities.  The tool provides an opportunity residents and stakeholders to discuss and express their priorities for future investments in public transportation in a fun, hands-on game setting.
 
Resources for classroom and after-school activities to engage kids in hands-on engineering.
 
A treasure trove of lesson plans that use transportation examples.  Designed by math and science teachers, you can customize the lessons for your audience. Grade level: 6-12
 
A series of hands-on activities for high school students about the future of the automobile using laboratory experiments, computer simulations and group research projects.
 
SAE International's A World In Motion® (AWIM) is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Benchmarked to the national standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.
 

Lesson Plans developed by teachers on transportation topics
Plus factor – another source for ideas to introduce a variety of transportation topics for grades 6-12.  It’s organized by 7 career pathways:

Blended Learning Open Source for Science or Math Studies, a free repository of video modules for high school math and science classes created by gifted volunteer teachers from around the world, seeded initially by MIT faculty members and by partnering educators in Jordan and Pakistan.
 
NASA website for students, parents and educators.  Includes fun facts, videos, pictures, Activities, games, puzzles and quizzes.
 

Career Exploration: You can also help students identify what careers they might be interested in through several career exploration tools offered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Career Videos for Transportation, Distribution and Logistics: The US Department of Labor has developed a series of transportation career videos that you can use during your presentation.  Pick one or two that relate to your mode—that you can highlight and discuss.  Provide lots of time for students to ask questions about types of classes, programs, and career opportunities are available.

Community Mobility Assessments: Assess the walkability and bikeability in the community.  After a brief introduction about the concepts of livability, take a walk around the community using the checklists to assess both strengths and weaknesses. 

This Resource Center provides bicycle safety education information for the following groups: Preschool (under age 5), Beginner (ages 5-8), Young (Ages 9-12), teenage (13+), Adult, Senior, Motorists, and Adults Teaching Children.

Go here to find amazing resources for educating driver and bicyclists.

There are also other great tools that are available for community groups regarding walking to school or other parts of the community.  

Check out some of the tools at the WalktoSchool-USA website and Safety Route to School website:  

You might also help students and members  of the community explore their own community walk score using the tool that is shows over 3 million Walk Scores every day and over 6,000 sites use Walk Score services.

Introduce Public Transportation
Partner with your local transit agency to introduce students with and without disabilities to public transportation in your community.  Project ACTION has developed some great tools at no cost to help you introduce the topic during National Transportation Week, and leave behind resources that teachers, after school instructors, and other community leaders can use afterwards.   Please allow time for ordering. 

Public Transportation: The Route to Freedom. A Transportation Education Program for Students with Disabilities in Grades 8-12 [CD and DVD]

Buses and Trains for Everyone [Combo - Print w/ CD and DVD]

Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013