Educational and Workforce Development Proposal: STEM Outreach at Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) recently launched the CSU STEM Center. This center is devoted to enhancing teaching at the K-12 and undergraduate levels, with a great deal of emphasis placed on the preparation of teachers in STEM fields. As part of the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC) activities at CSU, we will partner with the STEM Center to teach teachers about transportation, so they in turn can reach many K-12 students. Undergraduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will be hired to help prepare activities related to the importance of transportation infrastructure (based in part on the research projects conducted at CSU) for K-12 teachers to use in their classrooms. The CSU STEM Center will help us ensure that the activities developed meet Colorado curricular requirements so that they can be readily adopted by teachers. The activities will be designed in an active learning style, and will include simple physical demonstrations and assignments to promote critical thinking by students. The project plans to develop activities appropriate for students in elementary and secondary schools. The STEM Center will help us reach audiences of teachers (pre-service teachers working on their licensure and working teachers in the region) to ensure that the activities are widely disseminated. The STEM Center can also provide evaluation efforts for these K-12 outreach components to ensure they are effectively reaching students. These activities will help increase the awareness of transportation careers in elementary and secondary school children, and ensure that transportation is associated with STEM activities in schools. The activities will be designed to ensure that they are relevant and interesting to both boys and girls, in an effort to promote greater future representation of women in transportation. By involving undergraduate students to help prepare the activities the project will be 1) helping these students themselves learn more about transportation fields and career paths, and 2) teaching the undergraduate engineers about the importance of outreach.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $46000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    P.O. Box 6050, Department 2880
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108-6050
  • Principal Investigators:

    Atadero, Rebecca

  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20161231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: MPC-385

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483233
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2013 1:01AM