STEM Common Core Standards

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in Transportation (S.T.E.M. IT!) is a program designed to converge the learning of S.T.E.M. aptitudes and abilities with the exploration of transportation-related careers and disciplines.

Developing workforce proficiency in S.T.E.M. competencies is at the forefront of many initiatives championed by employers or educational institutions.  Employers need S.T.E.M. proficient employees to compete in an expanding global economy. 

S.T.E.M. IT!  has two goals.  First, assist youth in becoming proficient in S.T.E.M. Common Core Standards for English and Language Arts, and Mathematics.  Second, inspire youth to pursue a transportation-related career or discipline.

S.T.E.M. IT! objective is to use S.T.E.M. Common Core Standards to provide knowledge of the academic and physical aptitudes to access transportation-related careers and disciplines, to conduct instructional modules emulating application S.T.E.M. competencies, and to visit transportation-related worksites or projects.

S.T.E.M. IT! strategy involves modules developed around each mode of transportation - Air, Rail, Road, and Water.  Each module is comprised of a Theme, Learning Targets, and Post Assessment.  The Theme provides an anchor to tie to the Learning Targets.  Educate, Engage, and Explore are the three designated Learning Targets.  A Post Assessment is completed at the end of each module to measure achievement of the learning targets, and to document the students' retention and application of the module's lesson.

​The Learning Targets for each module are:


  • Introduce a minimum of three S.T.E.M.-related careers and disciplines, and the academic requirements of each.
  • ​Research the academic and training facilities for each career and discipline.​
  • Research employers and business opportunities for each career and discipline.


  • ​Introduce and use transportation-related language and concepts.
  • Conduct projects and simulations to learn the application of industry skills and techniques.
  • Provide hands-on activities to use industry tools and equipment.


  • ​Visit site of current transportation-related projects or worksites.
  • Interact with professionals in the field.
  • ​Observe industry tools and machinery in operation.