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As Michigan communities comply with the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) on March 24, the Michigan Department of Transportation is providing a variety of transportation-themed activities via an new educational website to help housebound parents and children.

Graphic by the Michigan DOT

Available at www.Michigan.gov/MDOTKidsActivities is a printable coloring and activity book highlighting some of the important jobs performed in the transportation industry, along with a page featuring the Mackinac Bridge and the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge.

The educational website also has links to learning activities using household materials, including making a bridge made out of spaghetti and a boat using aluminum foil, the Michigan DOT said in a statement. Students can also learn about various transportation facts from around the world as well as archaeology work performed by the department, the agency added.

The Michigan DOT added that it plans to provide parents and children additional education materials in the coming days via its website along with its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Other state DOTs – notably the Virginia Department of Transportation – are engaged in similar efforts.

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