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2023 National Transportation Summer Camp

Project #: 4WA483
Start Date: 06/01/2023
End Date: 05/20/2024
Status: Current

In August, twenty-four Montana middle school students participated in WTI’s weeklong Summer Transportation Camp, held at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Pablo, Montana. The camp introduced participants to a wide range of transportation and STEM topics. Students were able to pick out a bike from Free Cycle bike kitchen in Missoula, which they used to sharpen their bike repair skills, and learned to ride safely during a bike rodeo and a helmet drop demonstration and design competition. Campers also developed high-tech skills, like circuit construction and coding, through a hands-on project – using an Arduino to design a traffic control system. They were also able to test drive SKC’s driving simulator, where they attempted to avoid dangerous road conditions from the safety of the lab.


The objectives of the summer transportation camp are to:

  • Increase students’ awareness of the importance of different modes of transportation;
  • Expose middle school students to the variety of transportation careers available and demonstrate how transportation professionals work to identify and solve real-world issues that have society-wide impacts;
  • Increase students’ understanding of STEM topics and the importance and need for creative and innovative transportation solutions;
  • Improve students’ problem-solving skills;
  • Bolster student confidence by improving their STEM skills and by providing career exposure.

Benefits: The summer transportation camp aims to heighten pre-college student interest in transportation careers and to enhance STEM skills of students, particularly those from underrepresented groups.