UF Workforce Development Efforts

Workforce development activities aim to attract new entrants into the transportation field and improve the skills of the existing workforce to effectively address today’s transportation system challenges. The University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) participated in three planned K-12 outreach activities for the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE), as well as several other activities. (1) LEGO® Robot Vehicle Lesson Plans for Secondary Education: UFTI used the “Introduction to Transportation” curriculum developed at the University of Florida (UF) for students in grades 5-8 in local schools, afterschool programs, and summer camps. Students learned various fundamentals of Transportation Engineering and how the use of advanced technology is integral to solving current and future transportation problems. They also learned how much transportation affects the quality of life in our society and touches safety, livability, and economic competitiveness. (2) Transportation Career Day: Designed to introduce high school-aged students to transportation careers, the day-long event featured a presentation, lab tour, and hands-on traffic simulation exercise. (3) Family Engineering Events: UFTI hosted an informal engineering education program at local elementary schools to team up children aged 7-12 and their parents or caregivers to experience fun, hands-on engineering activities. In addition to the programs planned for STRIDE, UFTI participated in outreach with assistance from university student chapter members and through local partnerships. Students provided a booth at the College of Engineering’s Engineering Fair, and hosted morning workshops on transportation engineering in partnership with GatorTRAX, a university student run organization that hosts engineering and math workshops for K-12 students. The Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation in Gainesville provides hands-on classes and labs that focus thematic-based learning using inventors and inventions to teach and inspire creativity in the next generation. UFTI partnered with the Cade Museum to provide workshops not only with the LEGO® robotic curriculum, but also with newly-developed straw bridge challenge, roller coaster design challenge, and engineering day curricula.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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  • Accession Number: 01531524
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 2012-00103944
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2014 2:52PM