Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CONTACT: John Schuster
Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Miami Central Senior High School was awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration under the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program.  The primary goal of this project, “Building Leadership Across Science and Technology (BLAST)” is to improve the preparation of students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by introducing the development of mobile applications technology related to the transportation industry. The grant is named after Garrett A. Morgan, an African-American inventor and entrepreneur.

Students will be provided with opportunities from career readiness and hands-on experience to college preparatory-level classes, labs, and creative exercises. The project is a partnership between the Miami Dade College School of Engineering and Technology, the Miami NAF STEM Advisory Board, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). 

The coursework includes specific technology skills related to the FDOT Roadway Design Project planned to improve safety and operational conditions in order to reduce the number of crashes occurring at these un-signalized intersections in NW Miami.  Students will participate in extended classroom experiences and meet and observe project engineers throughout the roadway design process throughout the year and be exposed to the FDOT and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s community awareness campaign. 

The Academies of Engineering and Information Technology are magnet programs at Miami Central. Interested students who reside outside the school’s attendance boundary can still apply by contacting each respective lead teacher at 305-696-4161. 

For additional information regarding the project, please contact the School Choice & Parental Options Office at 305-995-1922.

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