TRACKS TO THE FUTURE, Railroad Transportation and Engineering
TRACKS TO THE FUTURE
Our one week traditional program is filled, and our hybrid cohorts for Penn State and University of Illinois are full as well! There are a few spots left in the Michigan Tech cohort, though. If you are interested, please get an application in as soon as possible. We will finalize our program list the first week in July, any applications received after July 4th will go on our contact list for next year! If you are interested, go HERE for more information on how to apply, and then contact David Nelson at email@example.com and let him know there is an application pending!
Program Update - June 8, 2022
After ten years of operating a successful summer program, Michigan Tech, in partnership with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Penn State Altoona are expanding the opportunities to learn rail transportation and engineering. We offer both a week-long on campus program at the Michigan Tech campus and hybrid option that combines virtual programming at your home location with a two-day visit at one of the three participating universities. Our 2022 program fees are covered through a generous grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). See below for more information on each program....registration is open NOW, see the registration instructions for each program below, or use the Registration Link in the side panel. Problems with registration? Contact our SYP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2219
Railroads, the high tech and environmentally sensitive transportation mode! Don’t believe us? Come and learn why railroads remain the most energy-efficient transportation mode and what forms modern railroad track, equipment, and communications/control systems might take. Learn how rail compares with other modes and leads the charge in reducing transportation greenhouse gas emissions! Find out how it all works: classroom/virtual sessions, hands-on activities, and plenty of field visits to all sorts of railroad facilities! See below for description of traditional (on-campus) and hybrid program options.
The traditional program will take place at Michigan Tech campus on June 27th-July 1st. The program will combine classroom hands-on activities with field visits to rail industry sites. Grant funding will cover program materials, lodging and meals during the week, and transportation for the rail tours. Participants will be responsible for travel to Houghton and back home again. Go HERE and choose Tracks to the Future: Railroad Transportation and Engineering in the Grades 8-11 section for registration instructions. Make sure you choose the first option, the second will take you to instructions for our Hybrid program. You will have to complete an application for our SYP programs, provide a few supplemental documents, and complete a Summer Youth Programs Scholarship Application. Yes, there are two applications. Again, go HERE for full instructions! Problems with registration? Contact our SYP staff at email@example.com or 906-487-2219
Hybrid program will run between July 11-15. Students opting for hybrid this program will receive two days of virtual instruction on July 11-12. This portion will feature hands on activities (we will send each participant a package of materials to use!), group virtual instruction and activities, and online activities. Wednesday July 13 will be a travel day, and the session will continue on July 14-15 at one of our University locations: Michigan Tech, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or Penn State Altoona. The university programs will feature hands-on activities and rail industry field trips. Lodging is provided on the campus of the selected university This option is also covered by the FRA Grant, which covers all program materials, plus lodging and meals for the on-site portion. Students will be responsible for travel to the assigned university location. The application process will ask each participant to rank their preference for the three available sites. Participant preference and home location will both be considered when assigning the on-site location. Go HERE for instructions on how to apply for the Hybrid program. Make sure you scroll to the third option in the Grades 8-11 section. You will be asked to submit some supporting documents and complete a scholarship application. After participant selection and placement to one of the three university locations takes place in mid April you will be notified and will need to complete a suplemental registration package for the assigned university location. Again, start your registration HERE! Problems with registration? Contact our SYP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2219
Contact David Nelson at email@example.com or by phone at 906-487-1734, if you have any questions about either program. Problems with registration? Contact our SYP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2219. CLICK HERE for a short video that will give you an idea of what the program is about, or HERE for a recap of our SYP 2021 program.