Students as Investigators

All TRAC™ activities are structured to allow students to teach themselves what they need to know in order to solve the problems. The students are given inspiration, guidance, and the proper tools, and they work in teams, just as transportation professionals and engineers routinely do.

Instead of sitting passively while listening to lectures, students become explorers and investigators. They can build a magnetic levitation train that actually works, measure the impact of collisions, even use a computer program to create a city and watch it grow. They seek out and absorb information, formulate new ways of solving problems, and learn that working in transportation is fun, exciting, stimulating, challenging, and doable.