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Mid-America Transportation Center

K-12 Tours and Outreach

K-12 Tours, Field Trips, and Outreach Activities Since 2008: 13

Participating Students: 679

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.

Participating Schools

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


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Contact Info

Shelly (Michelle) Cutsor
(402) 472-1870

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.