STRIDE E-Newsletter, Fall 2012

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Upcoming Events

WTS Transportation Symposium

The 2nd Annual Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Transportation Symposium will take place on November 6, 2012, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Matthew's Suite in the Reitz Union at the University of Florida. A group of panelists will provide their insight on “Women’s Leadership,” which is this year’s theme. Marcia Ferranto, president of WTS International, Kathy J. Caldwell, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Laura Kelley, deputy executive director of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority will be among the participating panelists. Visit the STRIDE website at /workshops-webinars--conferences- for more information. This is a free event.

UTC Regional Conference

Save the date! The UTC Conference for the Southeast, co-hosted by the STRIDE Center, will take place at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla., on April 4-5, 2013.  The conference is sponsored by STRIDE, the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Mississippi State University. More information will be posted as it becomes available at /workshops-webinars--conferences-

LEGO Robots at the Cade Museum in Gainesville, Florida

The Transportation Research Center at the University of Florida has partnered with the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Fla., to host Middle School LEGO Robotics Basic Programming workshops. Staff from UF will host the course at the museum’s downtown Depot Park location near Innovation Square. The Cade Museum’s lab focuses on hands-on interactive workshops for kids, which connects science and engineering concepts to invention in exciting ways. Through the use of robots and clever projects in the modules, the middle school students will be exposed to computers, basic computer programming, and mathematics as they relate to the tasks, robots as tools and working collectively to solve simple transportation problems.  Students will learn transportation engineering fundamentals and how the use of advanced technology is integral in solving current and future transportation problems.  The overarching effect of transportation on everyone’s quality of life is another of the module’s valuable learning outcomes.  The goal is to explore the exciting field of transportation engineering and encourage students to pursue this field as a career.

Course Dates:

October 26, 2012 (teacher work day)
January 18, 2013 (information posted soon)
February 15, 2013 (information posted soon)

Family Engineering NightLily and her son, Jason, during Family Engineering Night in Gainesville, Fla

Mississippi State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Florida International
University and the University of Florida will be hosting Family Engineering Nights at local elementary schools. Family Engineering Night is an informal engineering education program that actively engages elementary-age children and their families in fun, hands-on, engineering activities. Family involvement in Engineering Night is key to the program’s success. Children may engage in the activities with a parent, grandparent, older sibling, aunt, uncle, mentor or other important adult in their lives, as they explore and solve challenges together.  Engineers play an essential role in our designed world, yet many people are unaware of what engineers actually do. We can change this for future generations by providing positive experiences with engineering at an early age. (Image: STRIDE Director Lily Elefteriadou with her son, Jason, during a Family Engineering Night event.)

The University of Florida will be hosting two events at local schools in the Gainesville area: October 25, 2012, P.K. Yonge, a development research school associated with UF; February 6, 2013 at Lawton Chiles Elementary School. 

Information on Family Engineering Night will be posted at the following website /workforce-development.

NCSU Attends NC Triangle Chapter WTS Transportation You Event

STRIDE-affiliated representatives from the Center for Transportation and the Environment at North Carolina State University will be attending the first North Carolina Triangle Chapter Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Transportation YOU event of the school year on October 18, 2012. Transportation YOU is part of an on-going initiative of WTS to spark interest in a wide variety of transportation careers, especially those tied to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

All who attend will pair up to complete a fun problem-solving activity and will hear a special guest speaker on structure design. Dinner will be provided, along with opportunities for girls to meet others in their age group as well as successful women with careers in transportation.

For more information about Transportation YOU check out

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