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2009 Transportation Education Academy
Transportation is a vital component of our society, and there is a need to study transportation systems within all educational settings. The Transportation Education Academy is an eight-day workshop for Minnesota teachers in all disciplines and at all grade levels offered by St. Cloud State University and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The goal of this eight-day academy is to bring a broad understanding of all transportation systems into the classroom by having participants learn first-hand about the technological, political, economic, social, and environmental arenas in which transportation systems must operate. Math, science, technology, social science, and economics are all incorporated into the academy as participants experience the systems, modes , and impacts of transportation used today.
Teachers in all disciplines and grade levels may apply for this eight-day workshop. The 2009 workshop dates are June 15-16 and June 22-25. Credit is available at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
Academy Time, Date, and Credits
Dates: June 15-19 & June22-25, 2009
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Semester Credits: 3
Course Number: ETS 485/585
Undergraduate in-state tuition is $629.27, Graduate in-state tuition is $914.34. Scholarships are available for partial tuition reimbursement to teachers and students in teacher education programs who have completed a minimum of 90 semester credits.
Additional costs for the tours will be provided by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority; MnDOT Office of Aeronautics; MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations; CHS, Inc a Freight Masters, Cargill, and Canadian Pacific Railway
For registration and /or scholarship information please contact John Holmen at 320-308-2948.
Identify the history of transportation; define the uses of transportation; determine the types of transportation; identify political, environmental, technological and social aspects of transportation; categorize the modes of transportation including land, water, air and space transportation; classify the subsystems of transportation including propulsion, suspension, guidance, control, structure and support; experience mass transportation; identify various challenges and impacts of transportation; write and evaluate transportation activities that can be used in the classroom; include transportation information into the classroom so that students can begin to identify careers in the field of transportation.
Each participant will be able to experience different modes of transportation during the academy by touring various transportation facilities around the Twin Cities. One day will be set aside to travel to Duluth, Minnesota, to tour transportation facilities, the Duluth harbor and the Duluth Air National Guard. The harbor tour offers a close-up view of the international shipping and propulsion, suspension, guidance, control and structure systems.
Participants will develop, test, and assess transportation activities based upon all forms of transportation discussed in the academy. All transportation activities developed by the participants will be posted on the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics web site at www.dot.state.mn.us/aero/aved/publications/TEAcurriculum.html. Also, go to this web address for examples of transportation activities that were developed by previous Transportation Academy participants.
Academy participants will take behind the scenes tours where they will explore and experience:
- River waterways, locks and dams, and a towboat ride.
- Aviation technical and manufacturing facilities.
- Air traffic control centers and aircraft flight.
- Light rail transit, highway systems, and traffic management center.
- Cruising the port and harbor on Lake Superior.
- Railroad systems and intermodal hubs.
- Freight, trucking, and loading facilities.
- Future transportation technology.
Flight Training for Academy Participants
In an effort to experience various types of transportation, each participant will have the opportunity for one hour of flight training. The purpose of this additional activity is to give each participant the opportunity to experience actual flight operations, controls, processes and safety.
Aggregate Industries, Canadian Pacific Railway, Signature Freight Support, CHS, Inc., Duluth Seaway Port Authority, FreightMasters, Maritime Administration, MnDOT, St. Cloud State University, College of Science and Engineering, U.S. Maritime Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Duluth Air National Guard, Cargill, Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC), Upper River Services, Great Western Dock and Terminal, Peavey Company.