Course Categories: Automotive Related Topics

Module 9: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Dynamic Message Signs Using Makey Makey

Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) use active, changeable displays to enhance roadway safety as part of an intelligent transportation system (ITS). An ITS does not always have to be a large, complex, and expensive system. Sometimes a single DMS with warning lights or a driver feedback display can make a positive difference when strategically applied. DMS …

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Module 8: Lesson 1 – Middle & High School – Radar & amp; LiDAR Systems in Intelligent Transportation Systems

Autonomous vehicles or self-driving vehicles are expected to remove the actions of human beings from the transportation equation, which contribute to more than 90% of motor vehicle crashes. Technologies already exist which enable “driverless” vehicles to operate on our roadways and promise many benefits. Innovations at work today are demonstrating the potential to significantly improve …

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Module 6: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Congestion Pricing & amp; Flowcharting

Congestion-based tolling is an aspect of intelligent transportation systems that is being implemented frequently on highly-congested road networks in the US and around the world. It is a topic that also lends itself to beginning-level programming, based on its iterative nature. Through discussion, analysis, and a hands-on programming activity, students will be able to understand …

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Module 5: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Sustainable & amp; Intelligent Transportation Technology

Transportation vehicles – cars, trucks, buses, trains – consume a substantial percentage of our limited environmental resources. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) can potentially reduce total resource consumption through the use of programmed travelling patterns that minimize fuel-inefficient commuting routes, and maximize large-scale multimodal system use. Students will investigate ITS-based solutions for reducing fuel consumption and …

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Module 4: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Traffic Signal Design

This STEM lesson introduces students to Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) concepts whereby the transportation infrastructure of roadway sensors, signals and communication networks, in combination with our own vehicles, can control traffic signals to minimize wait times and maximize traffic flow efficiency. To introduce and reinforce these ideas, students will observe and count traffic at a …

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Module 3: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Road Safety Audits

All students are probably aware of methods for traffic safety around their schools – possible special roadway signage, reduced speed limits during dropoff and pick-up times, exclusive routing and waiting areas for buses and for parents, and marked crosswalks with crossing guards. This lesson challenges students to think critically about the safety aspects of the …

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Module 2: Lesson 1 – Middle School – Connected Vehicles

Vehicles that communicate with each other creates possibilities whereby the vehicles themselves can work together to protect against collisions, erratic behavior of other drivers, or unexpected roadway conditions. This STEM lesson introduces students to the basic ideas of how vehicles can be interconnected to each other as well as to the transportation infrastructure, to provide …

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