The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


STEM Initiatives

Every K-12 student, teacher, and administrator uses and depends on the US transportation system. Shouldn’t that make transportation a rich and vital topic in the discussion of STEM education?

Undeniably, our nation needs innovative solutions to our transportation problems. To enrich this discussion, CTR develops transportation-themed STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities for K-12 education, designed to capture the interests of creative problem solvers who one day will tackle these challenges.

We enjoy the support of several agencies in our pursuit of this goal: Federal Transit Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Southeastern Transportation Center (through a USDOT grant). Among initiatives they have funded are:

Center for Transportation Research Transit Camp

July 29-31, 2015

Register for CTR Transit Camp

CTR Transit Camp is three days of fun learning about public transit and career possibilities in public transit. Participants will tour KAT facilities, use KAT transit for a scavenger hunt around Knoxville, and take MegaBus to Atlanta to tour the MARTA facility. STC Transit Camp is designed to inspire high school students to consider careers in Transit. Each participant will receive a $100 gift card.

Day 1 – Visit KAT’s facilities for hands on activities.

Day 2 – Scavenger hunt around Knoxville using the KAT transit system.

Day 3 – Go to Atlanta and tour MARTA’s facilities and other fun activities.

Lunch is provided daily, plus dinner on Day 3.

Consider these career opportunities in the field of Public Transit: bus driver, route planner, graphic artists, dispatchers, transportation planners, maintenance mechanics, accountants, customer service, transit police and security, marketing.

Please email Tammy Enix, if you have questions about CTR Transit Camp.

Download CTR's transportation-themed lesson plans.

The Center for Transportation Research at the University of Tennessee has created transportation oriented curriculum for 8th graders using funds from a US DOT grant. The curriculum has been successfully implemented in several Knox County, Tennessee schools and is available to all interested teachers at no cost. In this PDF document there are five daily lesson plans in vocabulary, science, social studies, math, and language arts.

This curriculum was developed to meet content standards for the State of Tennessee in math, social studies, language arts, and science at the 8th grade level as part of the Garrett A. Morgan Transportation Grant awarded to Knox County Schools.

Lessons focus on the theme of transportation, and there is a student assessment included at the end. We welcome you to download this PDF for classroom use and encourage you to let other colleagues know about this resource as well. If you have any questions, please email


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