Imagining the Future of Transportation Program (IFTP)

Program information:

The Imagining the Future of Transportation Program (IFTP) is a free, two-week, project based engineering experience for rising 9th and 10th grade students.

The program introduces students to real-world transportation-focused research and facilitates students’ understanding and application of STEM subjects.

  • Students review current transportation systems and proposed expansion plans
  • Students review plans in other cities both domestic and foreign
  • Teams, through presentations and supporting workshops, are introduced to a variety of transportation challenges facing engineers, including, but not limited to:
    • aging infrastructure
    • traffic management
    • bike and pedestrian safety
    • public transportation
  • Teams propose one aspect of our local transportation system they seek to improve and/or modify and present their plan at the final presentation at the close of the program
  • Throughout the experience, participants will engage in a variety of engineering workshops to further enhance their understanding of engineering and the design process

The program is held on the campus of Northeastern University located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA 02115.

Key Dates:

  • 2017 Program Dates: July 17-28, 2017
  • Applications Open: Closed
  • Application Close: Closed
  • Results Posted By: Posted.
  • Time of day: 8:00am-4:00pm


  • Students must be MA residents and live within a 30 mile radius of Northeastern University.
  • Students Entering 9-10th grades the Fall following the program are eligible to apply. Students from any schools (public, private, home schooled, etc) are eligible.
  • An even number of males and females will be selected, in addition to an even split between 9th and 10th grade students from a diverse range of demographic backgrounds.
  • Must NOT have completed the program before. In other words, you cannot participate in this program twice.
  • Immediate family members of Northeastern University faculty may apply to the program but are not given any special preference. They must still follow all other eligibility rules.
Core Principles:
  • Encourage education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Encourage and motivate youth to pursue STEM careers
  • Foster teamwork, leadership, and citizenship
  • To establish a summer engineering experience, utilizing transportation as the guiding theme for project based engineering and design experiences
  • To introduce 9-10th grade students to college life and facilitate interaction with university students, staff, and faculty
  • To educate and support 9-10th grade students in the areas of STEM through engagement in practical applications and real-world experiences
  • To inspire 9-10th grade students to pursue careers in STEM fields
  • To train and engage university students in the design and delivery of this program to deepen their content knowledge and refine their presentation skills
  • To provide mentoring and support for participants and their families beyond the summer experience and ensure equitable access to programs and opportunities
  • Leverage the university community to provide opportunities for participants to interact with engineers, scientists, researchers, other professionals, and current university students
  • Teach “hands-on, minds-on” STEM activities on relevant and applicable topics, with dynamic input and feedback from students to adapt and expand investigations
  • Incorporate activities that nurture and develop 21st century skills, including written and oral communication, teamwork, problem solving, systems thinking, and more
  • Integrate field excursions to expose students to real-world STEM application*
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(617) 373-8380

Physical Address:
110 Forsyth Street
Room 153 Snell Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Mailing Address:
Center for STEM Education
153 Snell Engineering
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Field Trip Drop-off Address:
Ruggles Rotary (120 Forsyth Street)
Boston, Massachusetts 02115