K-12 Tours and Outreach
K-12 Tours, Field Trips, and Outreach Activities Since 2008: 13
Participating Students: 390
About the Program
To spark interest in transportation careers, MATC knows that efforts must begin long before students reach the university level. For this reason, MATC offers a variety of unique tours, field trips, and exciting outreach activities for K-12 students, in addition to the Summer Institute Engineering Education Excellence Experience Day and the "Roads, Rails and Race Cars" after-school club. Through these tours and activities, students learn about the importance of transportation engineering and the variety of interesting career opportunities in the field.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Missouri University of Science and Technology have been especially active in reaching out to young students. MS&T interns, for instance, taught local students about infrastructure at the "Fox 4 School Day at the K" event at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. They presented their earthquake "shake table" and students had a chance to build their own structures and test them on the shake table.
At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, K-12 students are regularly welcomed for tours and demos in the state-of-the art laboratories. Graduate students help facilitate hands-on activities, such as measuring traffic speeds with a LIDAR gun. In the Structural Laboratory, students are always thrilled when they see a concrete cylinder undergo a stress test and it cracks to pieces! Whatever their favorite activity may be, students always leave with a new perspective on transportation.
Bryan Middle School, Omaha, Nebraska
Culler Middle School, Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Northeast High, Lincoln, Nebraska
Rolla High School, Rolla, Missouri
McMillan Magnet Center, Omaha, Nebraska