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Mid-America Transportation Center

Go!: Reaching out to Teens about Transportation

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Keith Knapp (kknapp@iastate.edu 515-294-8817)
  • Project Status
    Complete
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    This is a continuation / extension of the FY 2013 Go!’s program elements that were funded by MATC. Thus, the proposal incorporates several elements from our FY 2013 proposal.
    Research Objective
    In order to enhance Go! and its attractiveness to the youth , we seek funding for the continued development of content for Go! and for improving its user experience.Specifically, we plan to: • Develop new content, and update and reformat existing information under the Training & Preparation section on Go!. T • Design, develop, test, and implement a user-generated, searchable database to house the above information. This task includes the development of a new engine to support the modified functionality and user interfaces.
    Potential Benefits
    The results and products of the project will be a redesigned Training & Preparation section on Go!. This section will have new content accessible through a newly developed database. It will be supported by new system “engine” and user interface. The resulting system (engine) and its enhanced functionality would expedite the process of adding new information, and maintaining accuracy and quality of information gathered. It would also help publish information in a timely manner, which would better serve students preparing for college and/ or the workforce and would help create a larger collective knowledge base. The database will include current and updated information and links to academic programs and/or training at universities, colleges, and high schools in the US and internships, coop opportunities, and scholarships. The database would be searchable and permit submissions from end-users.
    Abstract
    Go!’s mission is to alert, attract, engage, and excite youth to pursue educational and career opportunities in transportation. This proposal builds on Go!’s program elements funded by MATC in FY 2013. FY 2014 funding is for the continued development of content for Go! and improvement of its user experience. Content development will add to the library of featured articles and information about scholarships, internships, competitions, and other resources for helping young minds prepare for a career in transportation. The user experience will be improved through a redesign of its “engine” and development of context relevant interfaces. These will enable users to query and find information based on a database that incorporates Go!’s Training & Preparation contents. The outcomes of these efforts will help grow the reach and impacts of US DOT’s investment in MATC’s educational program through Go!, not only across the US, but globally as evidenced by Go! attracting visitors from 145 countries.
    Project Amount
    $ $62,700