While many young people embraced sports or arts and crafts this summer, one group spent its days in math and science classes or on field trips to such places as a helicopter museum and a highway research center.

For four weeks, 20 youths ages 12 to 14 participated in the Summer Transportation Institute at Lincoln University, a program designed to interest minority students in careers in transportation.

“The goal is to make sure to expose them to all modes of transportation – land, water, or air,” said Robert Allen, a Lincoln professor who has run the courses there for six years.

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