California State University, Los Angeles , California
April 4, 2019
April 4, 2019
April 6, 2019
Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions
To address the need for a diverse workforce in the 21st Century and to create awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry, the US DOT established various educational initiatives and National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is one of these initiatives. The NSTI program provides the opportunity for middle school or high school students to spend 2-4 weeks receiving a realistic college preview geared at transportation related coursework at prominent accredited college/university campuses across the country.
In 2018, xxx was selected to serve as one of the four host sites for the NSTI program in the country. For this year’s program, US DOT added additional funding to support some students from each of the four host universities to attend a six-day training provided by the National Flight Academy (NFA) in Pensacola, Florida.
Over the summer of 2018, a strong xxx team (faculty, consultants, Civil Engineering students and Aerospace Engineering students) provided a well-designed three-week learning experience on transportation related topics for 40 high school students recruited from 30 high schools across Southern California. Under the theme of “Modern Design Tools in Transportation Engineering: How to Prepare Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympic Games?”, the program was designed carefully to include a multi-modal inter-disciplinary curriculum with 12 field trips, 12 workshops, and 12 hands-on exercises. It is our goal to motivate them to study transportation engineering and equip them with the knowledge and capability to come up with creative, systematic and sustainable solutions.
In addition, students were asked to write field trip reports, an essay, and a group presentation competition. In developing each module, we have kept in mind the program theme and we have challenged students on how to relate what they have learned to solve the traffic congestion problem in Los Angeles area and how to prepare the city/region for the 2028 Olympic Games. Students were trained with our "xxx" educational philosophy.
The NSTI-xxx program conducted pre, daily, and post assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum in preparing youth for future transportation careers and to improve our program for future years. The NSTI program we provided was very well received by all parties: high school students, parents, xxx faculty, xxx student assistants, guest speakers, the sponsors, and field trip hosts. It has certainly made great impacts on these 40 high school students as well as the 17 xxx students.
With detailed description of the pedagogical approach, assessment methods, and learning outcomes, this paper aims to systematically review the successful implementation of the NSTI program at xxx and the lessons learned in the process.It is intended to provide conclusions to inform other peers in engineering education in the U.S. and other countries.
Zhang, Y., & Gad, G. M., & Cheng, W., & Elaksher, A., & Jia, X. (2019, April), Inspiring the Next Generation: Lessons Learned from the National Summer Transportation Institute Program Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31833
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