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This paper describes the curriculum developed for a summer outreach program that used the transportation system as a vehicle to introduce high school students to STEM. The curriculum included modules to introduce participants to the topics of aviation and air transportation, infrastructure design and traffic engineering, inland waterways, transit, and rail transportation. The relationship between safety, design, and operations was elaborated on in each module, and the multimodal nature of the transportation system was emphasized. The curriculum included subject-based learning, experiential learning, and out-of-classroom experience. First, students were provided with background and basic knowledge about each mode of transportation through lectures. A lecture was followed with a hands-on laboratory or a computer-based activity to allow students to apply the basic principles of transportation engineering to solve a problem related to each mode of transportation. Finally, field trips were arranged to help students connect the theory and hands-on activities to real-world engineering and aviation applications. Likert scale questionnaire was utilized to inquire about participants’ opinions about STEM and assess the effectiveness of the program in introducing students to STEM. The paper reflects on opportunities and challenges in developing and implementing the curriculum and provides suggestions for future improvements.
Kianfar, J., & Belt, S. M. (2020, June), Development and Assessment of a Summer Program to Introduce High School Students to STEM Through Aviation and Transportation Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34439
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