The Next Generation in Transportation

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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:

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.

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Free Summer Transportation Camps for Oregon High Schoolers

Hosted at Portland State University every year since 2015 - our week-long day camps, free and open to any Oregon student entering the 9–12 grade, offer an immersive introduction to transportation careers and the workings of transportation systems in Portland. Students will work in groups to solve a real-world transportation problem, develop data collection and STEM skills, and go on daily field trips.

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.

SESSION I (All Genders Camp): July 19 to July 23, 2021
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.  

We are currently accepting applications through June 15, 2021. Learn more about our summer high school camps here.

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Teach Transportation in Your Classroom: K-12 Curriculum

How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?

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:

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.