K-12 outreach achieves the early student-college-industry interaction needed for a future filled with more transportation professionals. Original UTC activities involved just starting a conversation about how to get engineering taught in local schools.
Outreach steps taken since include offering Engineering Education Summer Conferences for K-12 teachers, participating in grant-funded high school curriculum redesign projects, providing contruction site-visits for grade schoolers, and hosting student-centered design competitions. A full-time Education Coordinator oversees all outreach efforts.
Going forward, the Center's outreach seeks to catalyze the region into preparing more and more students for advanced transportation safety and construction careers in college.
A great way to understand the K-12 outreach efforts of the CSU-UTC is to take a look at some past events. The following links connect to explanations, pictures, fliers, and more for three recent outreach successes:
Coordinator’s STEM-Ed Corner: K-12 STEM & Engineering Education Blog
Follow this link to the Coordinator’s STEM-Ed Corner, a blog devoted to sharing all manner of links, tips, projects, resources, and news for K-12 STEM and engineering educators in the Cleveland region. CSU-UTC Education Coordinator Diane Burrowbridge hosts and writes this blog, with help from STEM friends throughout the region. All educators, STEM professionals, and even interested students and parents are welcome to leave a message or share a great idea.