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Engaging Content from DriveOhio in Open Space

Author // Matt Yauk Monday, 18 December 2023

Are your students interested in drones and electric vehicles and the new jobs that go along with these technologies? Free instructional materials and resources from DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation, have been added to Open Space. The DriveOhio content features seven hands-on lesson plans, eLearning modules, and a student ambassador program. The collection includes:

  • free immersive learning resources
  • grant opportunities
  • DriveOhio career connections with a statewide network of employers

Also included is a K-12 Educator toolkit. This professional development toolkit for educators incorporates electric vehicles and advanced mobility topics into STEM and career exploration units linked to Ohio industry recognized credential (IRC) skills development.


Example Lessons

The Smart City Adventure lesson plan is a design challenge for any K-12 student. The lesson plan challenges students to reimagine their city to embrace new mobility technology, such as drones, electric vehicles, and automated vehicles. The Cardboard Vertiport Challenge allows students to learn, brainstorm, and design a “vertiport.” The "vertiport" can be used by drones and other electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, like the new Joby aircraft that will soon be manufactured in Dayton. Both lesson PDFs provide background information and resources for teachers and students. Steps and considerations for each phase of the design thinking process, discussion questions, and possible extensions are also included.

Vertiport Challenge Without Logo

Explore the DriveOhio content in Open Space today!

Open Space is a curriculum curation and collaboration tool from INFOhio that empowers educators to build community through groups, access curated collections, search for freely accessible instructional materials, and to curate and share resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning. Have questions? INFOhio is always here to help. For questions, comments, and additional support contact us at support.infohio.org.


About the Author

Posted by: Matt Yauk

Matt Yauk is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. He is a certified educator who has worked as a Business and Technology teacher in the middle and high school settings and as an educational technologist, instructional designer, and academic technology director for The Ohio State University (OSU). He has a B.S. in Education: Technical Education and Training from OSU, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Design and Technology from University of Cincinnati, founded the Learner Engagement Division within the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Distance Education (4th edition) called "Trends and Directions in Continuing Professional Development." The positive impact on student learning and educator development has always been his primary focus.

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