CSU–Pueblo Civil Engineering Technology Faculty offer Transportation Institute


Secondary school students can investigate the transportation industry as a possible career choice as part of a two-week non-residential Summer Transportation Institute (STI) at Colorado State University - Pueblo in June. The 3rd annual Institute, being sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and financed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will run from June 8 to June 19 for students in grades 9 through 11 attending public or private schools in Colorado during the 2008-2009 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to apply immediately.

This is the only Institute of its kind in Colorado. Space in the program is limited to approximately 20 students, who will receive a full scholarship, covering tuition, transportation to and from school, laboratory use, project supplies, field trips, and lunch during the two-week course The program, which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., aims to increase awareness of, and stimulate interest in, the transportation field by offering teens seminars, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. To see a list of other host sites use the following link: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/civilrights/host.htm

During the two-week period, student participants will be introduced to the various modes of the transportation system and to the technical specialties and functional areas of transportation professionals. Students will learn about career opportunities in transportation and the relevant educational and skill requirements. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet people who work in various areas of the transportation system in the state of Colorado. Students will also participate in a variety of activities including:

(a) Seminars and demonstrations. Speakers from various transportation organizations will be invited to talk to the students and/or host tours at their facilities. The speakers or hosts will include staff members from the Colorado Department of Transportation, a major airport, and a railroad facility.

(b) Field Trips. Students will have the opportunity to visit and experience the operations and facilities of the Eisenhower Tunnel, Denver’s Regional Transportation District, airports and railroad facilities.

c) Projects or Hands-On Activities: Students will work on hands-on projects that will be designed by the STI staff. Activities will include any of the following: Bridge building, layout of a highway circular curve, and water rockets. In addition, each student will create and maintain a Summer Transportation Institute portfolio. The portfolio will be the student depository of activity log and notes.

The selection of participants for the 2009 STI program will consider student interest in the sciences and math and the cumulative grade point average. In addition, each application must include a written recommendation from a teacher or counselor at the student’s school and a school transcript.

All applications should be received at the STI office as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, May 27. To contact the STI office, send e-mail to sylvester.kalevela@colostate-pueblo.edu or call Loretta Cisneros at (719) 549-2890.

A complete schedule follows:

Time

Monday

June 8

Tuesday

June 9

Wednesday

June 10

Thursday

June 11

Friday

June 12

9-10

 

Introduction and Program Overview

Chem 106

Day Plan & Intro to Concrete

Rm. 132

Visit Pueblo City Transit

Visit CDOT Construction 

Day Plan & Intro to Survey

Rm. 132

10-11

 

Concrete Lecture

Rm. 132

Survey Theory

Rm. 132

11-12

Program Review

Chem 106

Equipment Overview

Rm. 130

Equipment Overview

Rm. 130

12-12:45

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:45-1:30

Work on projects

Work on projects

Work on projects

Work on projects

Work on projects

1:30-2:30

Transportation in the 21stCentury

Rm. 132

 

Concrete Project

Rm. 130

 

Visit Concrete Plant

 

Traffic Control Analysis

Survey Project

Rm. 130

2:30-3:30

Admin, Notebooks

Computers

Rm. 140

Traffic Control Exercise

3:30-4:00

Daily Review

Rm. 132

Daily Review

Rm. 132

Daily Review

Rm. 132

Daily Review

Rm. 132

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Time

Monday

June 15

Tuesday

June 16

Wednesday

June 17

Thursday

June 18

Friday

June 19

9-10

 

Intro to Space Travel

Visit Steel Mill

Bridge History & Research

 

Visit RR

 

 

Test Bridges

10-11

 

Rocket Lecture

Rm. 132

West Point Bridge Program

Rm. 140

Test Rockets

11-12

Rocket Design

Rm. 132

Bridge Design

Rm.  110

Test Cylinders

12-12:45

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:45-1:30

Work on projects

Work on projects

Work on projects

FAA

Control Center

 

Work on projects

1:30-2:30

Rocket Fabrication

Rm. 110

 

Materials Laboratory

 

Bridge Fabrication

Rm. 110

Program Review and Evaluation

Rm. 132

2:30-3:30

 

 

Graduation & Awards Ceremony

3:30-4:00

Daily Review

Rm. 132

Work on Projects

Daily Review

Rm. 132

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