Transportation I: A Drive Along American Roads – Junior Instructor – Early Semester


    “I really liked this class! It encouraged me to learn and it was a really enjoyable experience.” ~ Student O.S.

    Enrollment Options


    Junior InstructorPatrick the Transportation Guide
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnFridays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM Pacific - Early Semester - 8/19/22 - 10/15/22

    In the United States, highways and roads are part of our everyday lives. Roads are one of our primary ways of getting around! Have you ever wondered how roads are designed? What about that construction on the side of the road–how are roads built, anyway? How are engineers keeping our roads safe? How do roads shape our society?

    We will delve into the foundations of road design, exploring how influential they are in communities as well as specific facets of their use. Roads aren’t just for personal travel–they also allow for exchange of goods between areas! All those trucks on the highway are going somewhere! Join us to learn more about this driving force of society!

    The Transportation Series may be Taken in any Order: 

    • Transportation I: A Drive Along American Roads
    • Transportation II: Trains, Planes, & Shipping Lanes
    • Transportation III: A Trek Through Time
    • Transportation IV: The Worldwide Tour

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Two forums and/or projects about the weekly topic.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • All course materials will be online. Books may be suggested, but not required.