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TRAC Workshops

Transportation and civil engineering  (TRAC) is a FREE program that provides teachers with curriculum-enhancing, hands-on lessons and tools for their math, science, engineering, and social science classes. TRAC provides teachers with  hands-on tools for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and science) education and social studies

March 5, 2015: TRAC Educator Workshop. This workshop provides teachers with  hands-on tools for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and science) education and social studies. Transportation and civil engineering  (TRAC) is a FREE program that provides teachers with curriculum-enhancing, hands-on lessons and tools for their math, science, engineering, and social science classes. Motion detectors, photo gates, and magnetic levitation tracks are just a few of the fun activities that TRAC will introduce, TRAC includes teacher training, interactive software, replacement supplies, and opportunities for students to interact with engineers, and enter design competitions. Participants experience all 7 modules, and choose TWO FREE modules for their classroom.

  1. Bridge Builder
  2. Highway Development and the Environment
  3. Highway Safety
  4. Magnetic Levitation
  5. Motion and the Transportation Engineer
  6. Roadway Design and Construction
  7. Traffic Technology

Preview the 7 TRAC Modules: www.michigan.gov/mdot-trac.
Find out how Grade 9-12 students can apply for the TRAC Pipeline Civil Engineering Internship Program and Grade 7-12 students can participate in TRAC’s statewide and national Bridge Competitions.
Find out about Michigan Tech’s Transportation summer programs for Gr.7-12.

Transportation Teacher Workshop Series

Spring 2015

This exciting series of three workshops will focus on different modes of transportation, how to integrate into core curriculum, and enhance students’ awareness of career opportunities in transportation. All are 6-hour workshops on Saturdays and include field trips to cool places! 

March 21, 2015: Urban Transportation. Tom Bruff, Transportation Planning Engineer, SE Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). A look at the transportation needs of cities, taking a multi-modal approach—peds, bicycles, auto, bus, high speed rail. Visit the SE Michigan Transportation Operations Center (SEMTOC) to see how engineers manage the operation of the Detroit transportation system in real-time. (Agenda)

April 18, 2015: Highway Safety & Designing Intersections. Dr. Joe  Hummer, Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University. At intersections, many traffic streams conflict, which causes crashes and delay.  Engineers and planners must match an intersection design to the needs in the location. Participants will examine the fundamentals of intersection design, then head out to the field to observe some examples, and practice the calculations so that you can construct your own exercises. (Agenda | Photos).

May 2, 2015: Great Lakes Maritime Transportation. Visit the new National Museum of the Great Lakes, the Schoonemaker museum ship and The Maritime Museum of Toledo. What are those big ships carrying and how does it impact our economy? Who works aboard ships?

Spring 2013

This series of three workshops focused on different modes of transportation and enhance middle/high school students’ awareness of career opportunities in transportation. To earn graduate credit, teachers attended three workshops and developed one lesson plan.

March 23, 2013: Intermodal & Rail Transportation. Dr. Pasi Lautala, Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Technological University. Different transportation modes for moving freight and people; rail transportation in the United States and Michigan; a look at high speed rail for Detroit-Chicago corridor; new technology in rail transportation; and visits to local rail yard.

April 20, 2013: Traffic Operations & Safety. Dr. Peter Savolainen, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University. How to integrate transportation engineering into core subjects; examine how drivers contribute to traffic crashes and affect the design of traffic signals; visit the SE Michigan Transportation Operations Center (SEMTOC) to see how engineers manage the operation of the Detroit transportation system in real-time.

May 11, 2013: Maritime Transportation. Rick Brown, Licensed Captain, The Maritime Academy of Toledo; Chris Gilchrist, Great Lakes Historical Society; and Richard Martinko, University of Toledo. What are those big ships carrying and how does it impact our economy? Who works aboard ships? Visit a port facility.

Summer Institutes

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education

Each summer, CFIRE supports a Great Lakes maritime transportation institute for teachers. These institutes teach attendees about maritime transportation in the Great Lakes and how to integrate transportation-related material into their STEM curricula.

July 23-26, 2013: Great Lakes Maritime Transportation & Ship-Building Teacher Institute. Teachers explored the ship-building yards that design and construct multi-million dollar yachts, U.S. Coast Guard vessels and Great Lakes freighters in Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Participants visited ACE Marine, Marquis Yachts, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s North Coast Marine Manufacturing Training Center, the Port of Green Bay, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather station, Lake Michigan’s Badger ferry and several maritime museums. Teachers who complete the the course earn 2 graduate credits from Michigan Tech. The four-day teacher institute is sponsored by Michigan Technological University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, with funding from CFIRE. Fourteen teachers from schools throughout the Great Lakes watershed attended.

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