Education

NASA-Educator Resource Center Tour

December 13th, 2012 by webmaster

NASA and Jackson State University have a continuing partnership dedicated to research and education. On March 13, 2009, the NASA/Educator Resource Center organized a campus tour for students from Nichols Middle School in Canton, Mississippi.

The purpose of the tour was to expose 6th grade students to real life research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM disciplines).

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Institute for Multimodal Transportation Summit 2009

December 13th, 2012 by webmaster

Thirty-one pre-college students participated in the IMTrans Summit 2009, which was held on March 11 in the MS E-Center Convention Hall.

The goal was to create awareness about multimodal transportation among diverse groups of pre-college students and to equip them with the relevant knowledge regarding transportation issues. The possibility of pursuing a Bachelor degree in the area of transportation at Jackson State University or elsewhere was explored. The summit also served as a venue for exchanging ideas and disseminating information on current and future issues, challenges and demands pertaining to transportation.

Those in attendance represented Jim Hill High School and Bailey Magnet High School. IMTrans staff and facilitators kept participants focused with interesting lectures. Topics ranged from future workforce to factors influencing freight movement and supply. Students were sensitized about study options, specifically in the field of Civil/Transportation Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University.

Students showcasing their transportation models

Activities involved group discussions and games but the highlight of the summit was the construction of a transportation model, using various materials such as cardboard, string, glue and popsicle sticks. The students truly showcased their creativity and innovative spirit but most of all their understanding about transportation issues. Among the invited were Professor Feng Wang from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor Hui- Ru Shih from the Department of Technology, and Mr. Ed Collins, Director of National Center for Biodefense Communications.

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Through a partnership with Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., a Civil Engineering consulting firm, and MDOT, JSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Capstone Design instructor Dr. Yadong Li is poised to enhance the education of transportation to Civil Engineering students through real-life transportation projects for the Capstone Design class. A three-party joint meeting has been held at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, JSU on May 22, 2009 to initiate the program and a follow-up meeting between Michael Baker engineers and Dr. Yadong Li was held on July 16, 2009. Three potential real-world projects have been identified for the 2009-2010 Capstone Design class. Michael Baker engineers are committed to assisting JSU Civil Engineering senior students in their design process.

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Transportation Workshops for Teachers (TWT)

December 13th, 2012 by webmaster

P.I.: Dr. Pamela Heard
Director JSU/NASA Educator Resource Center
Jackson State University

The emphasis on student achievement has place accountability on teacher education programs to produce highly qualified teacher education candidates. As states try to raise the quality of teachers, they must also deal with the fact that qualified teachers are becoming harder to find. Because all of today’s teachers are expected to retire in the next ten years, there are less qualified and licensed science, mathematics, and technology teachers. It is even more difficult to recruit these teachers. The need for programs like the JSU Transportation Workshops for Teachers ( TWT) program is to help with engaging students in math and science so they will be prepared and excited about teaching our next generation of students. This program will engage teachers on how to use data to support instructional decisions.
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Camp Tiger Tails Summer Camp

December 13th, 2012 by webmaster

Camp Tiger Tails is one of the projects IMTrans is co-funding. This is a four-week camp that accommodates about 200 k-12 students from 6 to 12 years of age. This year there was an average of 125 students a week.

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The overall goal of the research and education enhancement program is to increase the number of talented graduate students at J.S.U completing degrees in civil engineering who have demonstrated interest in the transportation field.

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Duration: Apr ’07 – June ’10

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Jackson State University will award a scholarship in each of the next four years to a student based on academic potential or ability, interest in transportation engineering, and professionalism. Data will be collected so that a comparison can be made between the patterns of further study and professional employment for IMTrans-JSU-CIV students and non-scholarship students.

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