The Next Generation in Transportation

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Transportation workforce development doesn't always take place at the university level. Students' interest in transportation can start much earlier than that, which is why we are always looking for ways to engage elementary and high school students in transportation.

In recent years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education efforts at the K-12 level have increased significantly and many organizations are seeking to expand the capacity and diversity of the STEM workforce. Through nationally-funded research, we support curriculum development projects and initiatives that introduce middle- and high-school students to transportation concepts and careers.

Women comprise 50% of the workforce, but are only represented in 15% of the transportation industry. We seek to increase the number of women and students of color in transportation-focused degree programs, and expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce.

We pursue this goal by offering:

  • Events and workshops that are designed for specific age groups and deep-dive into aspects of the transportation industry.
  • Presentations for students interested in learning about careers in transportation.
  • Library of Innovative Curriculum that offers educators tools to teach their students concepts in transportation.

Summer Camps for Oregon High Schoolers in 2020

WHEN: June 21 - 26
WHERE: Portland, Oregon (Hosted at Portland State University)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Female-identified students residing in Oregon, entering 9-12 grade in the 2019/20 school year with at least a 2.0 GPA
COST: Free!
APPLY TO ATTEND: Be notified when 2020 applications open.
This one-week residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade who identifies as female an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system. Half of each day is spent in the classroom hearing from PSU faculty and guest lecturers from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area. The other half is spent outside, in field tours of Portland’s transportation infrastructure and public spaces.
 
WHEN: July 19 - 24
WHERE: Portland, Oregon (Hosted at Portland State University)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? High school students residing in Oregon, entering 9-12 grade in the 2019/20 school year with at least a 2.0 GPA
COST: Free!
APPLY TO ATTEND: Be notified when 2020 applications open.
This one-week residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system. Half of each day is spent in the classroom hearing from PSU faculty and guest lecturers from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area. The other half is spent outside, in field tours of Portland’s transportation infrastructure and public spaces.

Transportation Career Presentations

Have a group of students curious about careers in transportation? Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu and our staff can introduce your students to the industry, the variety of careers, and its importance as a fundamental aspect of human society.

Library of Curriculum

Through national funding from the U.S DOT, our university consoritum NITC funds education grants at six universities. These projects result in creating a library of curriculum that furthers the K-12 body of resources for teaching transportation in the classroom.