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TRAC™(Transportation and Civil Engineering) & RIDES (Roadways In Developing Elementary Students​), AASHTO's educational outreach programs, are designed for use in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes. The hands-on activities introduce students in grades K-12 to the work world of transportation and civil engineering and inspire them to consider careers in those fields. Both programs are aligned with national standards and are currently being aligned with Core Curriculum Standards of Learning. State departments of transportation work with schools in their state by providing the curricula and resources for the schools and providing engineers to visit the classrooms to serve as speakers, teach a hands-on activity, and/or talk to students about the importance of math and science in preparing for their future.

TRAC™ & RIDES Participating States

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Mission / Vision / Values

TRAC™ (Transportation and Civil Engineering) and RIDES (Roadways In Developing Elementary Students) are hands-on, educational outreach programs of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The programs are designed for integration into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  State Departments of Transportation provide the program free of charge for schools in their state.

Vision: To deliver educational outreach programs that connect students to the work world of transportation while enhancing math, science, and technology skills.
Mission: To introduce students in grades K-12 to the working world of transportation, especially civil engineering, and inspire them to consider careers in those fields.

TRAC has eight modules which engage students in solving real-world problems while connecting them to the work world of transportation. Students design bridges, build magnetic-levitation trains, plan a city or learn about environmental issues that impact transportation.

In addition to providing a tool for teachers to improve math and science instruction in middle and secondary schools, TRAC improves work force diversity which helps to resolve one of the most pressing problems faced by the transportation today: a critical shortage of civil engineers

TRAC Brochure 2016.pdf  
TRAC Fact sheets 2016.pdf

RIDES (Roadways Into Developing Elementary Students) is an AASHTO/Mississippi education outreach program designed to interest K-8 students in transportation careers while improving their math and science skills. Students utilize critical thinking skills to solve real world problems and learn about careers in the transportation industry especially civil engineering. The curriculum is aligned with the National Standards for Math and Science. STEM, 21st Century Skills and Core Curriculum Standards. Teachers attend two days of high energy training conducted by National Board Certified Teachers. This module contains a curriculum as well as a large trunk of resources for the teacher to use in the classroom to conduct the activities.

Rides Brochure 2016.pdf

TRAC and RIDES Newsletter February 2016.pdf


TRAC AND RIDES Committee & Directors

The AASHTO Special Committee on TRAC™ and RIDES was established to provide guidance and administrative oversight to the TRAC™ and RIDES programs. Composed of a chair, vice-chair, secretary and one member from each of AASHTO's four regions, the committee meets biannually. This committee ensures that participation levels in TRAC™ and RIDES are monitored, prepares the budgets, oversees staffing and contracts, and guides the development of the business plan.

The Departments of Transportation runs the TRAC™ and ​RIDES Programs within each member state. State contacts receives training and assistance from TRAC™ National Headquarters and are the point of communication between AASHTO/TRAC™ Headquarters and the TRAC™ and RIDES Staff and Volunteers within a state.

2016-2017  Advisory Committee Members

Matt Dunn, Mississippi
Julie Vanportfliet, Michigan


Tom Clemons, Bentley
Kris Peterson, Utah
​MaryLeah Coco, Louisiana
Barbara Stearns, Nevada
Sharon Okoye, Connecticut
Carrie Williams, Nebraska​
Emily Elliott, Virginia
Carey Shepherd, Florida
Alicia DeShasier McConnell,  Michael Baker International
Jarrod Ravencraft, Mississippi
Chris Ryan, Florida
Chelsea Merrill, California
Brenda Thomas, South Dakota
Richard Woo, Maryland



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