About the Program

Join us as students launch into space, learn robotics, get help with their math and science homework, prepare for college, and train as tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. The TechTransport bus is designed with the aim of bringing technology to Lansing-area residents with limited access to home computers and the internet. ITEC expects to serve 2,500 individuals in the greater Capital region annually through TechTransport programs, starting in November 2016. Once up and running, TechTransport will provide:

The bus has three modes of operation

Team Tech Transport is a 12 player cooperative game that combines interactive digital content with hands on activities. In this space bridge simulator, players are assigned a role such as biologist, engineer, or pilot. One player takes on the role of Ship Captain who manages the tasks of the crew and provides on-the-spot problem solving and decision making. The team's mission is to travel the universe providing assistance to other crews while discovering new things along the way. The experience is meant to reinforce and expand upon classroom learning by providing a compelling context to the subject matter where players interact with each other in a specialized occupational role. The game offers standardized educational/entertainment content that provides regular feedback to students and advances them through the entire experience. This allows the instructor to focus on assisting students when they need it most. The game can be played by an individual up to twelve times, each time earning another badge to put on their Team Tech Transport Crew Sash. The game is entertaining to a general audience and set to a middle school skill level, though the software is designed to add increase or decrease the complexity of the challenges easily.

21st Century learning skills exercised in Team Tech Transport:

  • Computer Science
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Scientific thinking
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Laboratory Science

What are some of the activities students will be doing?

  • Sample Testing
  • Graphing
  • CADD and 3D printing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Constructing/Designing
  • Programming through Minecraft
  • Solving physics formulas
  • Playing!

What kinds of missions will teams perform?

  • Collecting rock samples on faraway planets
  • Communicating with other crews in need of assistance
  • Using robotic arms to fix parts of other ships
  • Treating patients in a medical context
  • Piloting a ship through dangerous areas
  • Constructing/Designing solutions for a city on a new planet

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