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Investigations in Transportation was an elementary school partnership and curriculum development project, engaging STEM professionals in school-based design projects.

Fifth-grade students in two Oregon communities teamed up with transportation professionals from ODOT to redesign their school parking lots, resulting in better traffic flow and increased capacity. The immersive learning experience received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, teachers and administrators.

This webinar will demonstrate how the Portland Metro STEM Partnership was facilitated to bring transportation education into elementary school classrooms, offering students unparalleled access to STEM professionals working in their communities and to real-world applications of engineering principles.


Carol Biskupic Knight has been in the field of education for 35 years. As a classroom teacher for 28 years, with a certification in special education and talented and gifted, she taught 1st -7th grades. For two years after leaving the classroom, she was a science specialist with the Beaverton School District instructing 3rd-5th grade students throughout the district on standards based-science inquiry lessons. She has a masters in education and a passion for engaging all students in learning and succeeding in the classroom. Carol has also been involved in providing professional development since the beginning of her career. Having presented hundreds of hours of presentations, workshops, trainings, and courses in a wide variety of areas, Carol is now putting her expertise to work in two different capacities: Portland State University Center for Science Education NITC and Math Science Partnership Grant Co-Principal Investigator, and Beaverton School District Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist.


Transportation -- Planning -- Study and teaching, Urban transportation, Transportation -- Planning -- Curriculum


Curriculum and Instruction | Transportation | Urban Studies

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Webinar: Investigations in Transportation: Partnering Industry Professionals and Elementary Teachers in a STEM Unit of Study