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Community Corner

Community Corner highlights the efforts
of ITE members to not only encourage
transportation education among our
youth but to improve the daily lives of
people in their community beyond transportation through acts of service.
Bradly Coy, P.E., PTOE (M) of the
Western District's Alaska Section has been
conducting hands-on STEM activities for
the past seven years at his kids' elementary
school in Anchorage, AK, USA. When his
oldest daughter started kindergarten, Brad, a
traffic engineer with DOWL, decided to take
a personalized approach to volunteering in

her classroom by planning and conducting
STEM exercises. Now he has four kids in elementary school, and he makes it a point to
visit each class every year-it's obvious from
the thank-you letters how much the kids
enjoy learning about the transportation profession from his visits.

Brad and his kids dressed in safety equipment pose for a photo in snowy Alaska.

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Have you, your Section, or Chapter
taken on a community project or
provided assistance to a non-profit
organization? Large or small, we want
to hear about it! Please send photos
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To personalize the activity, Brad visits each
grade separately and coordinates with
teachers to correlate activities with their curriculum. With kindergarteners, this means
learning about colors and shapes of traffic
signs and then taking a trip outside to identify signs around the school. The kids love
dressing up in safety gear while doing it.
For other grades, Brad introduces various
traffic measurement equipment-such as
measuring wheels, radar guns, count boards,
and traffic cameras-and the students get
to handle them and see how they work. By
fourth grade, the kids are ready to go outside and rotate between stations where they
perform a speed study, intersection count,
parking study, and other measurements. One
of the highlights is using the radar gun.

For his oldest daughter's sixth grade class
this year, Brad is developing a new inside
activity where the students rotate around
to different stations to explore and use the
traffic measurement equipment, similar to a
museum exhibit.
Brad's STEM lesson plans and student worksheets for each grade level are posted on the
ITE STEM Subcommittee's resources page at
http://bit.ly/ITESTEMK-12Resources. itej


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