As part of its outreach and workforce-education efforts, the Roadway Safety Institute (RSI) presented a roadway safety lesson to 90 students in grades 3–4 during the Creativity Festival on January 14.
The Creativity Festival, a program of Success Beyond the Classroom, introduces students to the value of creative thinking across a wide array of fields ranging from engineering to art.
During the RSI’s lesson, students traveled on “roads” throughout a mock town, trying to reach various destinations. They were then given the opportunity to brainstorm and implement various ways to lower road “collisions” and congestion, such as changing the layout of the town, creating new navigational signage, and installing traffic control officers. Through this hands-on activity, students explored how engineers, planners, and policymakers work creatively to promote safe roadways.
The RSI is the Region 5 University Transportation Center, a consortium led by the U of M.