This is your one-stop-shop for public policy analysis, news, fun facts, and more!
Learn with Aii
Welcome to the virtual classroom from Aii. Are you ready to learn? Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, policymaker, public official or something in between, this resource will get you up to speed on a wide range of complex topics. You’ll walk away better informed, and more curious than you came.
This is your one-stop-shop for public policy analysis, news, fun facts, and more! Get started, and if you have questions or want our experts to cover a particular topic, let us know! And check back soon, because our team is updating this page regularly!
The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure is a virtual nonprofit made up of two educational organizations. The consists of The National Infrastructure Safety Foundation (NISF) and the Public Institute for Facility Safety (PIFS). To see who is behind the material, check out Our Team and About Us.
What to Expect
Aii has brought together experts to help explain our 21st Century life. As the world becomes more interconnected, things are moving faster and more dynamically, and it is harder to keep up with how –and why– things work. We have created and compiled resources to help you learn and understand our world, from public policy to the technical aspects of green technology and vehicle engines.
Our team of attorneys, analysts, professors, regulators, and veterans bring you the information you want to know, and even some you didn’t know you needed. Aii is nonpartisan and aims to bring you just the facts. Here, you’ll find resources on blockchain, climate change, drones, energy, environment, infrastructure, regulation, renewables, transportation, and so much more.
Click on one of the colored boxes below to be redirected to activities, exercises, and lessons tailored to your age group!
See How It Works
Have you ever wondered how things around you work? Follow a ray of light from the sun to your cellphone battery! Track a drop of water from the river to the power in a lightbulb in your home! Aii makes the complex simple with these step-by-step posters. Want to know how something else works? Send us a message on social media and we’ll put our experts to work! And stay tuned as we update this resource to show you more about innovation and infrastructure.
See With An Expert's Eye
There are plenty of structures and systems around us that we’ve gone blind to. Maybe you don’t even notice the power transmission lines beside the highway or the cellphone tower near your home. Now you can see what the experts see when they look at the world! See the labels and vocabulary of the experts, notice the small features on things you see every day, and learn how it all fits together to bring you power, internet, water, or other essentials! Want to see more? Stay tuned!
Aii Fast Facts
Look for the hashtag #AiiFastFactFriday on your favorite social media platform for more facts about the world around you
• The U.S. currently hosts 8 percent of the world’s forests
• There are approximately 3.04 trillion trees in the world today
• More trees cover the earth today than 35 years ago!
• Humans harvest about 10 billion more trees than we plant annually
• Most net tree loss around the world occurs in developing countries
• Hydropower generated 7.3 percent of U.S. electricity in 2020
• There are over 45,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S.
• A computer with internet access is hacked every 39 seconds
See Lessons From TV
Examples seen on TV can be just as useful as those in textbooks! Take a look at these scenes to broaden your perspective. Even cartoons and comedies can help teach us about infrastructure!
It is important to understand the world around you, and that means knowing what is around you. Here we display data from pipeline incidents across the country, to where electric vehicle charging stations are located. Some represent challenges, while others highlight innovative solutions. We are working to make American infrastructure stronger and more resilient.
Still Have Questions?
We want to answer all of your questions! If you want to learn even more and give us suggestions on what topic to tackle next, let us know. Message us on social media or through our website to pass along your questions and recommendations. Be sure to visit Ask the Expert to see what we’ve already answered and to give us your thoughts.