Make Trax is the youth voice of Safe Routes to School and provides a set of eight lessons and support materials that can be used to engage students in the SRTS planning process. The curriculum engages students in increasing the number of students who walk, bicycle, or roll to school when the distance is reasonable and routes are safe. Many factors influence student travel to and from school, and with Make Trax students undertake a research project to investigate some of these factors. Along the way, they learn problem-solving skills, develop recommendations for change, and present their ideas.
Make Trax lessons are aligned with grade level expectations in social studies and technology classes and work to align with the Common Core State Standards. The activities also complement community Safe Routes to School planning efforts. We hope you are excited by the terrific opportunity Make Trax provides to:
- Learn about data collection, mapping software, and presentation skills.
- Promote student leadership and service learning.
- Discuss transportation options.
- Focus on STEM-based learning.
- Identify and remedy barriers to walking, bicycling, and rolling to school.
To learn more about how to use Make Trax with your students or to request a Make Trax training contact Sr. Sr. Operations & Evaluations Coordinator, Colleen Synk.