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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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Jonathan Walker, P.E., Ph.D.
Chief Policy, Architecture, and Knowledge Transfer, ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation
(202) 366-2199

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