Resources for Students and Instructors

ITS Lesson Plans for Middle and High School

These free lessons plans use advanced transportation systems as a central theme, in part because transportation involves many of the subjects of greatest student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs – robotics, coding, math, electronics, and communication systems. The lessons combine activities in these areas to demonstrate Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Connected Vehicles (CV), and Automated Vehicles (AV). Most of the lessons emphasize hands-on student activities and learning through experimentation.

There are ten lesson plans—one level for middle school students and another for high school students—that cover these topics:

  • Module 1: Crash Prevention
  • Module 2: Connected Vehicles
  • Module 3: School Zone Safety Audit
  • Module 4: Traffic Signal Design
  • Module 5: Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation
  • Module 6: Congestion Pricing
  • Module 7: Road Trip Board Game
  • Module 8: RADAR and LIDAR Systems in Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Module 9: Dynamic Message Signs
  • Module 10: Intelligent Transportation Systems- Smart Work Zones

View the Lesson Plans

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For more information, contact:

Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation



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ITS Help Line - The ITS Help Line provides technical support by email or telephone at 866-367-7487.


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