Other than car mechanics, airline pilots, and truck drivers, young people have little to no understanding of the myriad of careers available in transportation. This fact (the finding of a small survey of Iowa State University students by an InTrans staffer in 2007) makes it challenging to attract the best and brightest students to transportation careers.
Thus, Go! (http://www.go-explore-trans.org/) was initiated. This upbeat, online “magazine” has become the Midwest Transportation Center’s (MTC) premier tool for informing young people about careers in transportation and related academic programs. Through a variety of resources, Go! covers transportation careers from many angles, including infrastructure, safety, vehicles, and users. It also provides information about transportation-related academic programs.
Articles. Every week at least one new story is posted on Go! and shared via Facebook and Twitter. Recent examples include a three-part series on “exploration”—transportation in space, oceans, and deserts.
E-newsletter. Once a month Go!’s latest articles and other resources are broadcast to more than 5,000 students, teachers, transportation professionals, and other subscribers via Go!’s e-newsletter.
K–12 partnerships. Working one-on-one with more than 20 STEM teachers and transportation professionals in Iowa, Go! staff are providing articles, video clips, and other resources. Go! is also partnering with MTC members Harris-Stowe State University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis to reach teachers in Missouri. And, using Go!’s “Curriculum Connections” series, teachers across the country can highlight STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topics in transportation in their classrooms.
Web comic. In “Dot’s Adventures with Transportation,” young people can follow the life and adventures of teenager Dot as she learns about careers in transportation.
Mentor videos. Go!recently launched the “My Mentor” video series. Through short clips, professionals and Iowa State University graduate students describe their professional interests and accomplishments as well as how they ended up in the field of transportation. This series especially focuses on minorities and women in transportation.
Outreach. Go! is working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to implement TRAC ™ & RIDES in Iowa schools. TRAC ™ & RIDES, a national STEM-related educational program produced by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, provides educational modules to teachers, and Go! is providing videos demonstrating TRAC activities.
Go!staff: Brandy Abraham, communications specialist
Jacqueline Nestor, graduate assistant
Go!magazine presents transportation from different angles such as the infrastructure, vehicles, designers, as well as the users of transportation. With information on scholarships and other educational resources, teachers from Iowa and across the country can rely on Go! as a steady resource highlighting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics in transportation