Transportation II: Trains, Planes, & Shipping Lanes – Junior Instructor – Middle Fall


    “I liked how the course focused more deeply on different modes of transportation. I was able to see how the different modes of transportation worked together.” ~ Student C.B.



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    Trains in a train station for the Transportation II Trains, Planes, & Shipping Lanes course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    Junior InstructorPatrick the Transportation Guide
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnFridays, 8:00 - 8:50 AM Pacific - Middle Semester - 10/20/23 - 12/16/23

    In the United States, most of us rarely interact with railroads, planes, or waterways compared to roads. But that doesn’t mean these “alternative” forms of transportation are any less important! Even if you don’t directly take a train, plane, or boat to get to your destination, these methods of transportation still impact your life.

    But how do they impact lives? What value do trains, planes, and waterways add to our society? How do we keep these other modes of transportation operational? And what do pipelines do, anyway?

    This course will explore non-road transportation of goods and people in the United States. These shipping routes are truly the backbone of our economy and culture.

    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.