Central Virginia Girls Discover Transportation Careers

central VA 3Last month, WTS Central Virginia Chapter’s Transportation YOU program hosted 22 girls from 11 Richmond-area middle schools for their second annual “Girls in Transportation” event held at the MathScience Innovation Center. The event was a huge success and all the girls that participated left with a new understanding of the world of transportation. Volunteers from The Governor’s Office, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), and private consulting firms were on hand to lead the girls in activities to demonstrate different specialized aspects of the transportation field. FHWA brought full-size traffic signals and worked with thcentral VA 2e girls on designing an intersection. The participants even learned about autonomous vehicles from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute experts. Seasoned VDOT Professionals also presented about structures and bridges. By the end of the day, bonds were formed, a great time was had and the participants left with the confidence that they too could be transportation engineers. Watch the video below to see what it was like!

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