Camps for 6-12 Grade

National Summer Transportation Institute

August 7 - August 11 | UB North Campus

campers touring an airplane cockpit.

Where high school students can explore the state-of-practice of today’s transportation.

About the Camp

The Transportation Camp is a highly competitive scholarship program that provides 30 high school students with a great chance to investigate careers and educational opportunities in today's transportation industry and beyond.

Students participate in discussions, hands-on design competitions, and trips to study local and regional transportation hot spots. They also spend time with industry role models and a diverse group of students.

Transportation Camp scholarship funding for this year's program is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through New York State Department of Transportation.

Students touring traffic center.

Visit the Regional Traffic Operations Center in NITTEC.

Students standing outside a FedEx shipping plane.

Tour the Buffalo International Airport and Air Control Tower.

Students in boat approaching canal locks.

Cruise along Erie Canal in Lockport.

Camp Features

The National Summer Transportation Institute is a free, one-week non-residential program for high school students (rising 9th-12th graders) where they can learn about transportation engineering through awesome hands-on activities and group programs. Minority and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.

Activities typically include:

  • Tour the regional traffic operation center and transit authority in Greater Niagara Falls and Buffalo region
  • Tour of Buffalo International Airport and Air Control Tower
  • Cruise along Erie Canal in Lockport
  • Demo of Olli - the Self-Driving Shuttle
  • Tour of the UB Motion Simulation Lab
  • Spend time with professionals from transportation authorities and industry
  • Projects focused on bridge design, railroad networking, and air transportation
  • Leadership and communication training
  • College preparation and learning about the admissions process

*Please note that this year's activities may change or be modified to ensure camper safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. A final schedule of activities will be sent to accepted campers closer to the start of camp.

Who can attend?

High school students entinering grades 9-12 are eligible to attend. Acceptance to our camps does not depend on high achieving academics or prior knowledge. Students who show enthusiasm for engineering and the STEM fields all have an equal chance of acceptance. Maximum camp enrollment is 30 students. Minority and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.

Are you a new user?

Applying to a SEAS Summer Camp can now be done entirely online! New users will need to Create an Account in our application system first using the Camper's name, and then you can begin a camp application. If you have any questions about your camp applicaiton(s), contact Steve Pilat at


The UB Transportation Camp is sponsored by the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics.