Today students learned that Transportation Engineers are hired by towns to help them make their intersections both safe (no one gets hurt) and efficient (no one has to wait a very long time to get through an intersection).
Part of the job includes using the EDP to help make observations, ask questions, brainstorm possible solutions and then choosing the best idea to try out.
Today we focused on the ASK and IMAGINE steps of the EDP. We observed a few different types of intersections to begin learning how they work. Students used the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem.
After watching the videos below, we discussed the idea of a system (different parts working together) and the job of Transportation Engineers. One aspect of their job might be to study the SAFETY and EFFICIENCY of an intersection.
Check out the videos below: