*Due to the storm on Tuesday, 3/12/18 we have extended the deadline – post-marked by Friday 3/16/18 – for all supporting documents (Teacher Recommendations, etc.).
Please note that starting in 2018, all applications must be submitted online. This includes student essays and the teacher recommendation. Please see below for more detailed information about the application process.
The Imagining the Future of Transportation Program (IFTP) is a 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.
- 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*
- 2018 Program Dates: July 16-27, 2018
- Applications Open: Open Now – Submit Application Here
- Application Close: March 15, 2018
- Results Posted By: Mid May
- Time of day: 8:00am-4:00pm
- Students must be MA residents and live within a 30 mile radius of Northeastern University.
- Final program cost is dependent on grant funding. If available, program will be free, otherwise program cost is $400.
- Upon entrance into the program there will be a $50 commitment fee (will be subtracted from program cost)
- A limited number of full scholarships will be offered to students eligible for free or reduced lunch (indicated in your program application). No additional scholarship application/documentation is required.
- Our program goals are aligned with national efforts to create and foster diversity in the pursuit of academic and career opportunities related to STEM. Preference will be given to students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Click Here for Federal Guidelines.
- 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.
- Students must complete the online student application form
- *Note: Once you start the application, you must complete it in one sitting.
- Each student writes two 250 to 500-word essays, submitted in the online application
- Essay questions are available for preview here.
- It helps to answer the questions ahead of time.
- One teacher recommendation, math or science teacher suggested
- Students will be required to submit the recommender’s email address when submitting the application.
- Recommendation form will be uploaded by the teacher
- Students may be interviewed prior to being selected, if deemed necessary.
Confirmation emails will be sent when application is submitted.
A committee will select participants by May 1, 2018. You will receive notification on the acceptance status of the application via email no later than May 2, 2018, with written notification soon after.
If you have questions or need additional information, email the Center for STEM Education at NUStemEd@gmail.com.
2017 Final Projects
- Daysia, Dhanin, Diego, Max, Sarah, Yolisbel
- Transportation Sensation
- Alessandro, Alexia, Daniela, Faraz, Samuel, Sharani
- Fenway Transportation Team
- Hayden, Jonathan F., Julianna, Kareem, Reethika, Taha
- Thomas and Friends
- Ally, Dominique, Horace, Johnathan D., Kyle
- Ali, Aydan, David, Luna, Maya, Rania