K-12 Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI), JSU (YR1)

The Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) aimed to introduce a diverse group of motivated high school students to the transportation industry. This three-week program was held at Jackson State University’s Engineering Building in Jackson, Mississippi. The Inter-modal Advisory Committee recruited thirty rising 9th-12th grade students for the residential MSTI program. The high school students participated in academic and extra-curricular activities designed to improve their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge and leadership skills. This residential program provided a well-balanced curriculum and an environment that was conducive to both academic and personal development, promoted interpersonal skills and exposed students to real-world transportation issues. These were accomplished through a series of classroom activities, field trips and recreational activities. Robot competition, traffic design, and bridge competitions were included to enhance students’ design ability and teamwork skills. An evening coordinator organized in-class scientific projects, including Eiffel tower construction, hanging in duct tape, balsa bridge glider, egg drop, and paper tower competitions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $18463
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Jackson State University, Jackson

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Jackson, MS  United States  39217-0168
  • Principal Investigators:

    Whalin, Robert

  • Start Date: 20170119
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191130
  • Actual Completion Date: 20191130
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01742737
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2020 12:30PM