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Washburn University awarded grant to run a National Summer Transportation Institute for middle school students

05/04/17 11:05 am CDT

       The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has awarded Washburn University’s College of Arts and Sciences a grant to operate a National Summer Transportation Institute in Topeka.  The grant is funded through a U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration program designed to address the need for a diverse workforce this 21st Century and to create an awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry.

     The NSTI program is a Science, Technology and Math (STEM) focused program administered by accredited colleges, community colleges and universities which are accredited Minority Serving Institutions.

     The NSTI program is designed to improve STEM skills and increase awareness among middle and high school students - particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth - about transportation careers.  The program will also encourage them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits.

     The Washburn University National Summer Transportation Institute (WU NSTI) program will concentrate on students from traditionally under-represented populations in middle school -- grades 6 – 8.  The institute, which will run on the Washburn Campus this July, will give students opportunities to participate in STEM activities and explore STEM careers in the transportation industry.   

     The WU NSTI program will be offered as a collaboration between Washburn and Washburn Tech and will include a number of STEM programs, including computer science, physics, environmental science, robotics, engineering and mathematics. Participating students will reside in Washburn University student housing during the institute this summer.  

     The grant project will be managed by Dr. Cherry Steffen, professor and chair of the Education Department.  For further information on the institute, please contact Dr. Steffen at cherry.steffen@washburn.edu or 785-670-1943.




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