MDOT launches STEM education website

Mississippi Department of Transportation has launched, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) website aimed at increasing interest in careers in the transportation industry, specifically civil engineering.

To meet the needs of the changing workforce, many schools across the state have shifted their focus to STEM education programs. MDOT has responded by developing, implementing and supporting multiple education outreach programs.

MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said the site is a valuable resource for teachers, parents and students and focuses on two free programs -- the Transportation and Civil Engineering program and the Roadways Into Developing Elementary Students program.

The website offers information on how the TRAC and RIDES programs can benefit students, about free training sessions for teachers and resources and resources for other STEM-related opportunities in Mississippi, such as the Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute.

TRAC and RIDES programs have been in schools across the state since 2004. Over the past 12 years, more than 2,000 teachers have been trained and more than 40,000 students receive STEM education through these programs each year.