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JULY 7th-12th, 2024

The Maine (National) Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) is a fun, interactive, FREE program held on the beautiful University of Maine Orono campus. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades enrolled at Maine’s public and private schools are encouraged to apply!

The University of Maine is hosting the 2024 Maine Summer Transportation Institute* (MSTI) July 7th to 12th. This year’s program will be an overnight camp, allowing students from all of the state to participate. 

The purpose of the Institute is to create awareness and stimulate interest in students to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. The MSTI is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Institute is an intense and structured learning opportunity for youth throughout the middle and homeschool systems of Maine.

The curriculum exposes students to multi-modal, transportation-related content and activities. This includes space, roads and bridges, ports, air, and environmental impacts. Activities include building rockets, cars, and bridges; field trips to the Bangor International Airport, Cole Transportation Museum, and Maine Maritime Academy; participating in shows from the Planetarium and the Physics Roadshow; 3D-printing activity (including a tour of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center to see the World’s largest 3D-Printer and the 3D-printed house); Soil/erosion and surveying activities; a Touch-a-truck event, and more. (Activities are subject to change based on weather and availability of funds.) Additionally, students will learn about the different career opportunities within the transportation field including engineers (environmental, geotechnical, civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.), technicians, communications and media, human resources, and so much more.

*All programming is pending final funding from the FHWA and Maine Department of Transportation.

2023 MSTI Participants posing in front of the Maineiacs Air National Guard Airplane in a hanger.
Visit to the Maine Air National Guard

Maine Summer Transportation Institute is now accepting applications

2024 MSTI Application

Draft Schedule

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