Creating the next generation of transportation professionals

Creating the next generation of transportation professionals

Date: November 2011
Creator: Finley, Melisa D. & Jasek, Debbie
Description: The transportation industry, like every other profession that relies heavily on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, faces a growing shortage of professional engineers. The purpose of this project was to investigate new methods for conducting educational outreach activities for kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) students and compare the effectiveness of various implementation methods. During this project, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers developed two in-class educational outreach modules and several displays that they could easily transport and exhibit at various educational outreach activities. The first in-class module introduces intermediate school students to the world of transportation and transportation engineering and teaches students about the principle of retroreflectivity. The second in-class module teaches kindergarten students about sign shapes and colors. TTI researchers also participated in 12 educational outreach activities. These activities included: Four in-school events, four field trips to TTI facilities, three summer activities, and one engineering day event. The students participating in these activities ranged from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The educational outreach activities conducted introduced the fields of transportation and engineering to over 2000 students.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Photograph of a Conestoga Wagon Parade

Photograph of a Conestoga Wagon Parade

Date: unknown
Creator: Coates, Bob
Description: Photograph of a conestoga wagon parade in Cookeville, Tennessee. Sitting in the cow-pulled wagon is a man, woman and child. A group of people are watching the parade.
Contributing Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum
Bledsoe House

Bledsoe House

Date: 191?
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of workers building the Bledsoe House, located at 724 Huff Street, Taylor, Texas. Note workers with ladders and buckets, with a horse drawn carriage in front of the house.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
View From Main & Second

View From Main & Second

Date: 1923
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the view from Main & Second Streets looking north on Second Street. Visible is Taylor National Bank on right of photo, departments stores running from the right and up Main Street, with parked automobiles, delivery trucks and horse-drawn wagons and carts.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
Flooding of Brushy Creek

Flooding of Brushy Creek

Date: May 4, 1958
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of flooding of Brushy Creek on May 4, 1958. Cars identified as: 1950's Buick (left); 1956 Ford (right).
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
Cotton Harvest

Cotton Harvest

Date: September 11, 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of baled cotton coming being delivered to the warehouses prior to shipping by rail.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
City Hall, Taylor, Texas

City Hall, Taylor, Texas

Date: 1912
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard of the 1905-1935 Taylor City Hall, located on Heritage Square in downtown Taylor, Texas. Correspondence on back of card in faded English.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
Main Street Looking Northwest, 1883

Main Street Looking Northwest, 1883

Date: 1883
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the intersection of Second & Main Street in Taylor, 1883. Visible on right corner is First National Bank, which would become Taylor National Bank. The roads are dirt and mud, with horse-drawn wagons and carts. Early department stores and dry good stores are on the west side of Main Street running north.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
Grau Family in 1910 Buick

Grau Family in 1910 Buick

Date: 1910
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Grau Family of 505 Washburn Street, in their two-cylinder 1910 Buick. This is the second car owned in Taylor. Passengers in the Buick are identified as: driver, Carl Grau, passenger Anna Becker Grau, and children in the back Fritz, Louise and Willis Grau.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
Westend Station

Westend Station

Date: 1928
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Westend Fire Station, located on Victoria Street, Taylor. At the wheel of the fire engine is driver A.A. Gus Reno.
Contributing Partner: Taylor Public Library
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