Rail and Intermodal Transportation SYP 2021

The Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program for 2021 took place during the week of July 12th.  We had 22 students from 12 different states, and hosted 7 minority students!  We had students from the east coast (MA, GA, NJ, and VA), the west coast (CA), from the south (AL, GA) and the north (MI, MN), plus our usual contingent from the midwest (MI, OH, WI, MN)!  Also from PA ... should I include them with the east coast, the north, or the midwest?  In any case, the week was a terrific success, in spite of the restrictions placed due to Covid.  Our field trips remained in Michigan, and although travel time was somewhat extended we had great support from our hosts at Pettibone Traverse Lift, Eagle Mine, Mineral Range Railroad, Verso Corp, and CN.  Oh, and we can't forget our heritage visits with Quincy Mine and the Houghton County Historical Society's Lake Linden and Torch Lake Railroad.  With support from the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program and the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics/Supply Chain Mgmt programs we pulled off a terrific set of classroom activities.  Our students received and outstanding program ... and comments from their end of course reviews tell the story!

  • Traveling the whole upper penninsula to seethe remaining railroad industries at work was amazing!
  • We dove deep into how railroads work and it was a hands on experience!
  • I loved running a train simulator and teaching others how to use it.
  • Building model train tracks ... it got my mind refocused on math.


SYP 2020 Was Canceled .... 

Our Rail and Intermodal Summer Youth Program 2020 was cancelled, the first time  we haven't run a program since starting in 2010.  The program is back on the schedule for the week of July 12th.  This year we are offering a full scholarship for the program, kind of a welcome back from Covid bonus!  Contact David Nelson at dannelso@mtu.edu or by phone at 906-487-1734 if you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor.  CLICK HERE for a short video that will give you an idea of what the program is about, or CLICK HERE to see a recap of our previous sessions.    Finally, CLICK HERE for a pdf copy of the program flyer.

Thanks to our generous sponsors!
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Jul 12, 2021 9:00am to Jul 16, 2021 4:00pm


Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr
Houghton, MI 49931