IDOT Engineering Academy 2014 (ea)

What is the IDOT Engineering Academy?
Launched in 2008
IDOT partners with schools and school districts
Educational modules from AASHTO TRAC outreach program.
TRAC - Transportation and Civil Engineering, provides eight modules
that introduce students K-12 to the work world of transportation and
civil engineering while improving Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math skills (STEM).
Why the IDOT Engineering Academy?
Increase interest in STEM at the K-12 level
IDOT uses TRAC modules to promote civil engineering as a career
Long range goal of increasing diversity in the IDOT workforce
The challenge is to develop innovative new programs to inspire more
students to pursue STEM subject expertise, and specifically to
encourage them to consider transportation careers.
 Students learn by working directly with professional engineers
 TRAC provides “canned” STEM curriculum
 Helps IDOT reach underserved communities with STEM programming
 Mentoring programs
 Improved Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills (STEM)
 Public-private collaborations (private engineering firms)
The Engineering Academy Program
 Most Engineering Academy Programs begin in October and hold their
final sessions by the end of December or may flow into January and
 The program is flexible and is developed to accommodate the school
which may opt to offer an afterschool or Saturday club.
Examples of Engineering Academy Programs
 Chicago Public Schools, Thornton Township High School District and
Peoria School District 150
 In schools (9th through 12th grades) during school day or immediately
after last class period
 Some schools opted for a Saturday program
 Rockford School District
 Saturday Academy open to all district high schools during February
and March
 Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 and Springfield District
 After school explorer clubs for 6th, 7th and 8th grades
Examples of Engineering Academy Programs
 Upward Bound – East St. Louis
After school groups
 YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago with DePaul University
 Saturday Academy
 Summer 3-Day Engineering Academies
 Daley Community College - Chicago
 Chicago Public Schools - ACE Technical Charter
 East St. Louis Community College Center – Collinsville
 Springfield School District - Capital College Prep Academy
Summer Engineering Academy
Afterschool Explorers Academy

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