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PennDOT is offering two FREE educational outreach programs!

June 07, 2022 4:55 PM | Anonymous

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is offering two FREE educational outreach programs in September or October of this year. 

TRAC™ (Transportation and Civil Engineering) & RIDES (Roadways In Developing Elementary Students)

Both programs designed by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for use in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes.

TRAC is for students in grades 7-12, and RIDES is for students grades K-8. The hands-on activities in both programs introduce students to the work world of transportation and civil engineering and inspire them to consider careers in those fields.

Both programs are aligned with national standards and currently being aligned with the Core Curriculum Standards of Learning. These programs are flexible and can be customized to best suit your school’s requirements.

The purpose of this survey is to determine whether your school is interested in participating in one of these two-day programs and if so, on which of the following dates:

September 20 & 21, 2022


October 3 & 4, 2022

Both trainings are being offered at the same time, and will take place at PennDOT’s Riverfront Office Center located at 1101 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104

PennDOT will provide schools with the applicable curricula and resources for each program, which include technical advisors to serve as guest speakers, teach hands-on activities, and/or talk to students about the importance of math and science in preparing for their future.

Those who choose RIDES (K-8) will receive training in units titled Transportation and Energy, Roadway Geometry, Humans and Nature, and Designing Ways. (Please see the attached information)

Those who choose TRAC (7-12) will receive training for the Bridge Builder and Connected and Automated Vehicle modules. (Please see the attached information)

Please use the survey at this link to respond to this initial inquiry.

More information about TRAC™ & RIDES is attached and located on AASHTO's website at Specific questions about the programs may be directed to Jan Huzvar at

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