• Soheil Sohrabi

Introducing Students to Transportation Engineering

In December 2018, I had the chance of talking about transpiration engineering with six graders. It was part of the College Station Independent School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program with the TTI support.

Talking to six graders about transportation engineering (photo is taken at TTI head quarter in December 2018)

This program is basically designed to educate student about engineering in form of a field trip, however, much more information shared with students. During the program, students were introduced to many disciplines of transportation engineering including, traffic safety, transportation planning and impacts of transportation on environment.

My presentation was about the impacts of transportation on environment and human health. I tried to make my presentation interactive by letting students participate in discussion. First, we explored the potential impacts of the transportation on environment and then the discussion was extended to detrimental effects of transportation on public health (students surprised me with their knowledge!). Then, I came up with some facts and stats about of detrimental impacts of air pollution on human health which arouse students attention significantly. Finally, I concluded the presentation with an extensive discussion about simple actions students can do to improve air pollution namely, using active transportation more often, using public transit and car sharing for going to school, educating friends and family, and also studying in the field and contribute as an engineer or researcher.

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