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Transportation and Civil Engineering Program (TRAC)

Young students weigh their bridge structure as they participate in MDOT's TRAC Design-Build Challenge.
Department of Transportation

Transportation and Civil Engineering Program (TRAC)

Since 2004, MDOT has been offering the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) TRAC (Transportation and Civil Engineering) Program to schools in Michigan. TRAC is a hands-on education program designed for integration into science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum and is in alignment with AASHTO Stem Outreach Solutions.

The TRAC program engages 7th-12th grade students in solving real-world problems, such as designing bridges, building magnetic-levitation trains, or analyzing the environmental and economic effects of building a highway.

MDOT will provide training to educators interested in overseeing students in this program and will provide supplies at no cost to the school or educator. Educators can choose which modules they would like to use. Modules were created to fit into their curriculum, making it easy to utilize this program in an efficient way. In addition, educators utilizing Bentley’s Microstation will receive training from Bentley on how to use the software. Students who participate in TRAC modules are eligible to apply for the TRAC internship program upon graduation and may be eligible to receive scholarships.

By connecting educators and schools with free curriculum aligned modules, students engage with engineering and transportation related learning objectives and may spark an interest in a transportation or civil engineering career. In addition, exposure to MDOT professionals and resources help students connect the dots in where they might fit in public service in the future. When schools engage with these programs, Michigan wins. For more information, contact the TRAC program manager.

Contact

Laura Bensinger, Program Manager
425 W. Ottawa
Lansing, MI 48909

MDOT-TRAC-Program@Michigan.gov
517-242-7995

Supplies

Educators should contact the TRAC Program manager regarding supply needs.

TRAC Training

Trainings for 2024 are currently being scheduled. If you are interested in hosting a training, please contact the TRAC Program manager.

Educators must be trained in modules before requesting supplies. If you are interested in this training or future offerings, please fill out the Teacher Training Request Form

Bridge Builder Challenge Dates

Event Michigan Dates National AASHTO Dates
Application Due November 3, 2023 November 3, 2023
Bridge Kit Shipped November 30, 2023 November 27, 2023
Proposals Due January 26, 2024 February 2, 2024
Finalists Notified February 9, 2024 March 8, 2024
Bridge Build Event March 12, 2024 April 23, 2024
Download and print the 2024 Bridge Builder Challenge dates