Michigan Tech and UW-Superior are collaborating to host two summer transportation programs for high school students.

These programs are sponsored in part by CFIRE

2014 Future City Award

by Steve Wagner on March 6, 2014

On Saturday, January 18th, 54 middle school teams of students from 25 southeastern Wisconsin participated in the 2014 Future City Wisconsin Regional Competition held at the MSOE Kern Center.

This competition sponsored by STEM Forward and National Engineers Week introduces middle school students to engineering while they create a city of the future. Teams of students had to create a virtual city using Sim City software, write a 1,000-word essay on a specific topic–this year it was identifying a problem of moving people in and out of your city–and develop/design a transportation solution. They also wrote a 500-word city narrative, built a model of their city using recycled materials, and gave a 5-7 minute presentation to a panel of engineering professionals.

CFIRE staff were on hand to judge and present the Best Freight Transportation Network Award–an award that has been sponsored by CFIRE since 2005. The 2014 award went to St. Anthony of the Lake and their city Maluna. Their vehicle design, which incorporated compartments for freight, and well thought-out freight routes showed the team had given considerable thought to the movement of goods when planning their city.

Freight for Children Video Contest Winner

August 15, 2013

As part of its education and outreach initiatives, CFIRE recently sponsored a competition to find the best amateur short video that makes children aware of career options in freight-related transportation. The winning team from the University of Alabama-Huntsville included Mary Catherine Dondapati, Tahmina Khan, and Stephanie Farrell (pictured below with their faculty advisor Mike Anderson). […]

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2013 Camp Badger a Success

July 29, 2013

On July 10-11, 2013 members of the CFIRE staff led by CFIRE project assistant Dan Moser teamed up with Camp Badger to introduce campers to the concepts of freight and infrastructure and the importance of engineering to both. One of the first of this two-day unit, Dan Moser gave a classroom presentation that focused on […]

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Great Lakes Maritime Transportation & Ship-Building Teacher Institute

July 26, 2013

Fourteen teachers from schools throughout the Great Lakes watershed spent July 23-26 in Green Bay, WI learning about ship building and shipping on the Great Lakes. The four-day teacher institute is sponsored by Michigan Technological University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, with funding from CFIRE. The teachers […]

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2013 Camp Badger Program

June 20, 2013

The 2013 Camp Badger Exploring Engineering™ Summer Program will welcome 250 students to two University of Wisconsin campuses. Seven one-week sessions will be held on the UW-Madison campus; one session held on the UW-River Falls campus. Camp Badger teaches students about the career possibilities in engineering. Campers attend mini-classes, work in laboratories, and take field […]

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Maritime Transportation & Ship-Building Teacher Institute

May 24, 2013

July 23-26, 2013 Green Bay, Wisconsin Explore the ship-building yards that design and construct multi-million dollar yachts, U.S. Coast Guard vessels, and Great Lakes freighters in Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   Participants will visit ACE Marine, Marquis Yachts, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s North Coast Marine Manufacturing Training Center, Port of Green Bay, […]

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