Middle schoolers use PSU campus to learn about sustainable transportation
Author: Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Posted: April 16, 2012

Learning to change a flat tire isn’t usually part of the middle school curriculum, but students from Childpeace Montessori in Portland got to do just that and more during a tour of Portland State’s campus last week.

At the request of the school, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions took the seventh- and eighth-grade class around campus to learn more about sustainable transportation.

The tour started at PSU’s Urban Plaza – the state’s busiest transit hub – and continued to Electric Avenue, the separated bike lane on Broadway, and to several bike parking areas and garages.

The group finished at the BikeHub, PSU’s bicycle repair and resource center, where each of the students donned aprons to change a flat tire.

The class will visit PSU several more times this year to learn about other sustainability issues such as water and energy, using the university as a living lab. Then, the students will use what they’ve learned to design sustainability projects at their Montessori School in Northwest Portland. They might even create a mini BikeHub of their own.

Portland State collaborates with area K-12 schools and the community to help prepare every child for success. Classes interested in learning about sustainability on PSU’s campus may contact the Institute for Sustainable Solutions Partnerships Director, Fletcher Beaudoin, at