Leveraging Social Media and Online Tools to Increase Research Report Distribution- Tips and Lessons Learned from Mineta Transportation Institute
How many research reports did your organization publish in the past year? Did the reports contain usable information that would benefit a transportation provider, planner, policy maker, vehicle designer, or other critical group?
Did the reports reach the intended users or sit on the website unused? If they reached the users, how large a percentage did they reach? View more…
A Transportation Safety Module for Undergraduate Students
Description: To improve transportation safety in the Southeastern United States, it is critical that we train the next generation of engineers to be concerned with safety and knowledgeable about techniques to improve safety. Whether the engineers go on to work for state departments of transportation, technology firms, manufacturing companies, or service providers, they will all be able to improve transportation safety for themselves and their company. Co-Director Dr. Lesley Strawderman of the Human Systems Engineering Laboratory at Mississippi State University, received funding from STRIDE (Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center) to develop, pilot-test, refine, and disseminate an educational module in transportation safety. The educational module is aimed at undergraduate engineering students, whose exposure to this topic is extremely limited, if they are exposed at all. The module incorporates a number of items, including lecture material (both instructor and student versions), in class activity, and laboratory exercises.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Short Series
Target audience: Undergraduate/Graduate Students
Course website: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/courses_short.cfm
Description: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Short Series offers three modules to augment undergraduate courses in basic civil engineering and/or transportation planning. The lessons, which cover Planning for Pedestrians and Bicycles, Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design, and Pedestrian and Bicycle Data and Performance, are ideally suited to be integrated into an existing course, such as the ‑first or introductory course in transportation engineering. Each of the educational modules contains presentation slides for a 50-minute lecture, speaker notes for instructors, references, and recommended additional readings. The modules can be used individually or sequentially. The program also includes one student assignment with a grading key for instructors. Target Audience: The materials are intended for undergraduate students studying introductory transportation planning or engineering. The courses also may be suitable for graduate students.
Public Transportation Course Modules
Target audience: Undergraduate and Graduate
Course website: http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/public-transportation-course-modules
Description: These are a set of public transportation course modules for inclusion into Introduction to Transportation, an undergraduate course; Transportation Planning, a graduate course; and Transit Planning and Operations courses, a graduate level course. The modules are designed to be easily taught by instructors with limited experience in the transit industry.
Curriculum materials available on-line for K-12 events:
LEGO Robotics Vehicle Lesson Plans for Secondary Education: http://www.t2ctt.ce.ufl.edu/Forms.asp?MODE=NEW&Forms_FormTypeID=-17
K-12 ideas generated from Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education Center (STRIDE) at the University of Florida can be found in the following final reports:
- Engineers Change the World: A Hands-on Workshop for 13-to-18-Year-Old Girls (2012-009S) http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/uploads/docs/STRIDE_Engineering-For-Girls-Too-FINALReport_Martin_2012-009S.pdf
- MSU K-12 Workforce Development http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/uploads/docs/Heiselt_K-12_Workforce_Development_at_MSU_FINAL.pdf
- NCSU K-12 Workforce Development http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/uploads/docs/STRIDE_LEGO_Robot_FinalReport_Martin_2912-FINAL.pdf
- UAB K-12 Workforce Development http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/uploads/docs/sisiopiku_UAB_workforce_final_report_2014.p
- UF K-12 Workforce Development http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/uploads/docs/l_washburn_UF_workforce_final_report_2014.pdf
The University of Vermont – Transportation Research Center partners with educators, including http://www.transportationcareers.org/, to host a series of grades 6-12 curriculum units that introduce students to careers, skills, and concepts needed to succeed in the transportation industry. These new materials are field tested and enable teachers to expand, enhance and reinforce academic content and as a result improve transportation cluster knowledge and skills as well as academic achievement.
Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition
Mineta Transportation Institute holds an annual Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition for middle-school students. The top three teams receive plaques and a cash award for their classrooms.
The sponsoring agency uses the MTI Sponsor Registration Form when they find a middle-school team to participate in the annual competition. This is the official notification that they intend to join the competition.
The MTI Student Workbook was created specifically to engage 7th and 8th grade students. It is provided at no cost to the participating teams. The curriculum focuses on alternative fuels, the effects of air pollution, advantages of various fuel sources, etc. MTI Student Workbook
The MTI Teacher Guide provides assistance to the teachers, who may not have the transportation insights. The sponsoring agency may provide mentors to help put on a personal face so students can envision themselves in these types of careers.
Teachers use the MTI Project Entry Form to provide project description and student participation.
The MTI Score Sheet is used to evaluate the projects when they are presented in the competition. This is how the winners are determined.