Road to a metric USA


The successful completion of this project depends on the American public wanting to change to the metric system. The first stage will therefore be to develop a series of education and promotion videos. This will be done with the help of Metric Video Competitions among high school students and others to draft education and promotion videos. Monetary prices will be awarded to the winners.


The videos will be used to educate children and the public. Free use of the videos in the schools will benefit our schools and probably not cost much, but running the videos over TV and other media channels may require sponsors and run into thousands of dollars.


The purpose of this website is to educate and promote the use of the metric system in the United States. This project will also provide help to small and medium-sized businesses coping with implementing the metric system. The website will prominently display links to foundation, corporate, nonprofit, and educational sponsors. Advertising is offered on the site, and specific information on metric products, consultants, etc. will be available for purchase.


Gage public opinion polls for USA to change to the metric system each year until it favors us going metric.


President Gerald R. Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act on 1975-12-23 to require that Federal agencies use SI in their procurement, grants, and other business related activities.



This website will save millions in education of the metric system. Top quality education videos for all grade levels in public schools will soon be made available over the Internet. This site will be made available to all users in schools, industries and homes, free of charge. It will make learning the metric system fun and easy, and it will put all one needs to know about the metric system in one file and computer screen with hyperlinks to further details and animations. The main purpose of the software will be to show how easy the metric system is, help teach it, and provide conversions from inch or metric to required units and accuracy selected. Sound will provide pronunciation of new metric terms. Some humorous animations and games should promote interest among children and help explain the simplicity of the metric system.


Time spent learning about fractions and how to use them in calculations is not required in the decimal based metric world. Different measurements units in the metric system are expressed with the help of prefixes which are in multiples of ten and may therefore be brought on the same units by simply moving the decimal point. No need to convert yards, feet and fractional inches into decimals inches. A metric America will therefore help improve and simplify our education system, increase export of manufactured goods, simplify global communications, and help businesses compete in the international market.




The Metric Video entry could have a short entry lasting for about 30 second, 1 minute or 3 minutes on educating and promoting the metric system using key elements shown on six sides of the Liter Cube (USDOT Moving with Metric) or the referenced sources:

Additional information about the metric system and how it relates to our customary Inch-Gallon-Pound system is available free of charge below:
Ch. 2. International System of Measuring Units (SI)
Ch.17. Conversion Factors and Programs

The winning proposals will be humorous with a simple straight forward presentation of the various metric units and prefixes.
Substantial cash prices will be awarded for the best three entries.

1st place
2nd place
3rd place

Moving with Metrics

Liter Cube (FHWA-SA-94-018)

Metric Basics:
This box measures one tenth of a meter cube or 1 dm3 (cubic decimeter). If full of water, this cube holds 1 L (liter) and it’s mass is 1 kg (kilogram). 1000 L is 1 m3 (cubic meter), and its mass is one metric ton or 1 Mg (megagram); 1000 mL (milliliter) = 1 L; 1 mL = 1 cm3 (cubic centimeter), and its mass is 1 g (gram). 1 mm3 (cubic millimeter) = 1 µL (microliter), and its mass is 1 mg (milligram). Each side of the cube measures 1 dm (decimeter) and it is 4 inches minus 1/16 inch or exactly minus 1.6 mm (millimeter).


Length: The basic unit of length is the meter (m) and should be used for all measurements: Short lengths - use millimeters (mm); Clothing and body measurements - use centimeters (cm); Long distances - use kilometers (km). 10 mm (millimeter) = 1 cm (centimeter); 100 cm = 1 m; 1000 m = 1 km (kilometer). One meter is 40 inches minus 5/8 inch or exactly minus 16 mm. One kilometer is 0.62 miles. One mile is 1600 m or more precisely 1609 m. Thus: ½ mile = 800 m; ¼ mile = 400 m; 1/8 mile = 200 m; 1/16 mile = 100 m.


Volume: The SI metric unit of volume is the m3 (cubic meter). The liter (L) is a special unit for the measurement of liquids. A solid the size of this cube would have the volume of 1 dm3, but liquid filling this cube would have a volume of 1 L. 1 L = 1000 mL = 1 dm3 (cubic decimeter). 1000 L = 1 kL (kiloliter) = 1 m3.


Mass (weight): Foods and other packaged goods will be measured in grams (g) and kilograms (kg).A kilogram is 2.2 pounds. A 175-pound person would have a mass (weight) of 80 kg. 1000 mg (milligram) = 1 g (gram); 1000 g = 1 kg (kilogram); 1000 kg = 1 t (metric ton) = 1 Mg (megagram).


Temperature: Water freezes at 0°C (degree Celsius); Water boils at 100°C.The Celsius scale is based on these two key conditions for water, and marked into 100 equal increments.
212°F (Fahrenheit) = 100°C = 373.15 K (kelvin)
104°F = 40°C
86°F = 30°C
68°F = 20°C
50°F = 10°C
32°F = 0°C
14°F = -10°C
-4°F = -20°C
-22°F = -30°C
-40°F = -40°C
-459.67°F = -273.15°C = 0 K – Zero point on the absolute temperature (kelvin) scale


History: The International System of Units (SI) is the dominant system of measurement units worldwide. Developed by the French in the late 18th century, the system has been refined by international agreement into the current SI format. Thomas Jefferson was the first proponent of the metric system in the United States. President Ford signed the 1975 Metric Conversion Act to require that Federal agencies use SI in their procurement, grants, and other business related activities. Many of you will remember the metric promotion in our schools in the 1970s, and the Liter Cube produced by the USDOT was a result of this act. The public opinion resisted the change to the metric system, and Congress passed an amendment to the Section 5164 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-418). Congress declared as USA policy that the metric system is the preferred system of weight and measures for trade and commerce. SI forms a logical, interconnected framework for the measurements needed in science, industry, and commerce. The system is built on seven base units. Multiples of ten allow the system to show large or small quantities with ease.