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Mid-America Transportation Center

Summer Institute

Teachers Gained Professional Development since 2006: 83

Students Introduced to Transportation Engineering since 2009: 3500


Summer Institute Partners

With funding from MATC, the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education and the U.S. Department of Transportation Garrett Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program, the Summer Institute was created to enhance the skills of middle and high school math, science, and industrial technology teachers in the use and application of real-life engineering resources. In the long-term, the program seeks to establish a new culture of collaboration among educators, engineers, and university professionals, creating a model program for the goal of building a technologically savvy transportation workforce and contribute to the body of literature on effective STEM teacher professional development programming and instructional practices.

  • Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools
  • Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • Central Community College
  • Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • About the Program

    K-12 science and math teachers have a pressing need for training in the use of instructional materials that engage students and facilitate learning of complex concepts and principles in the content areas of math and science. Students often do not recognize real-life applications of math and science concepts taught in the classroom. To remedy this, faculty of the Nebraska Transportation Center and Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln forged a partnership to launch the Professional Development Science and Math Summer Technology Institute for secondary school teachers.

    At the Institute, teachers interact with engineering faculty who share their research and demonstrate how math and science concepts are used to solve real-world problems. Education research faculty members provide program evaluation, offer guidance in preparing effective lesson plans, and facilitate presentations and activities on, for example, promoting scientific inquiry with students and meeting state math and science standards.

    For more information for K-12 student and parents, click here.

    For more information for K-12 teachers, please click here.




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    Contact Info

    Cynthia M Baker
    Educational Programs Coordinator
    2200 Vine Street, Suite 300
    Lincoln, NE 68583-0851
    (402) 472-6374
    cynthiabaker@unl.edu
            Laviania Thandayithabani
    262F WHIT
    Lincoln, NE 68583-0851
    (402) 472-0141
    lthanday@unl.edu

    Lesson Plan Gallery



    To view and download the free STEM lesson plans that have been developed by Summer Institute participants, for grades 6-12, please click here.