The Next Generation in Transportation
Sparking an interest in transportation can start early, and we are always looking for ways to engage students in transportation before they reach college.
In recent years, many organizations are seeking to increase interest in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through creative engagement. Through nationally-funded research, we support new curriculum and programs that introduce middle- and high-school students to transportation concepts and careers. Some of those programs include:
- Annual summer transportation camps for Oregon high schoolers
- GIS Mapping workshop for Oregon middle schoolers
- Innovative transportation curriculum modules for your classroom
- Teaching at the Transportation YOU annual summit in D.C.
Transportation is an interdisciplinary industry, and it needs the diversity of perspectives and lived experiences in the workforce to address mobility issues our communities face. To that end, we seek to increase the number of women and students of color in transportation-focused degree programs by creating a welcoming and engaging space for them early on.
Free Summer Transportation Camps for Oregon High Schoolers
We are offering two sessions this summer, both of them hosted as day camps on the PSU campus. We hope to return to our residential camp format in 2022.
Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is subject to change or cancellation depending on federal, state and local public health guidelines, and PSU policies.
This session is opened to youth of all genders entering or are currently enrolled in an Oregon high school in the fall of 2021 with a 2.0 GPA
SESSION II (Girls Camp): August 9 - 13, 2021
This session is specifically designed for girls (cis and trans) entering or are currently enrolled in an Oregon high school in the fall of 2021 with a 2.0 GPA.
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Teach Transportation in Your Classroom: K-12 Curriculum
Originally designed by TREC staff for our annual summer high school camps, we're now offering this set of four modules "How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?" for any educator to teach in their classroom. No transportation background required!
These modules will provide students with creative ways of observing transportation systems in their neighborhoods through collecting pedestrian data, critically evaluating accessibility, and learning about livable communities. They will gain a deeper understanding of how people move through their community, and whether the transportation in their community is designed with the needs of all people in mind. Students will take this critical lens into their final projects where they will propose a vision for increasing transportation safety, accessibility, and livability in their community.
The four consecutive modules in this toolkit are meant to be facilitated in sequence with 3-5 days in between, as they build upon each other. The modules can be adapted as stand alone lessons if needed. Educator instructions are provided, as well as printable student instructions:
- Module 1: Observations by Foot
- Module 2: Collecting the Data
- Module 3: Crossing at the Intersection
- Module 4: Final Project
- Bonus Optional Activities: Transit Budgeting; Transportation Bingo
- The full curriculum set can be downloaded here.
NITC Library of Curriculum Projects
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.