FIU’s Summer Transportation Camp

An Opportunity for High School Students:

FIU’s Summer Transportation Camp was initiated in summer 2015.

The Summer Transportation Camp is a two-week summer camp that includes the exploration of both the transportation and structural engineering sides of transportation. The camp includes:

  • Multiple field trips (to local bridge construction sites, infrastructure hotspots, and the world-class laboratory facilities at FIU)
  • Lectures and presentations by experts in various transportation and structure related fields
  • Team jeopardy trivia event
  • Balsa wood bridge competition involving moving loads and natural disasters

One of the focal points of the camp was Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). Students were introduced to ABC techniques through a series of lessons and then were given the opportunity to explore their use in the balsa wood bridge project. Student teams were required to prefabricate their bridges in three pieces and transport them to the bridge site. They then had 30 minutes to construct their final bridge.

The inaugural camp was attended by 18 Miami-area high school students ranging from sophomore to seniors. Read more about the 2015 camp HERE.

For more information on next summer’s camp, contact Assistant Professor David Garber at dgarber@fiu.edu

Team builds balsa wood bridge
Team builds balsa wood bridge

1st team loads their balsa wood bridge
1st team loads their balsa wood bridge

2nd team loads their balsa wood bridge
2nd team loads their balsa wood bridge

Teams play jeopardy game
Teams play jeopardy game

FIU's 2015 Summer Transportation Camp group photo
FIU’s 2015 Summer Transportation Camp group photo