(WBRE/WYOU-TV) PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) are inviting high school students in grades 9-12 to participate in the second PennDOT Innovations Challenge.
The contest encourages students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges.
This year’s Innovations Challenge asks students to look at cost-effective technologies and innovative methods, aside from laws and educational campaigns, that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to get drivers to slow down in work zones.
"Work zone safety continues to be a top priority of the department," PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a prepared release. She added, "We remain focused on our efforts to help change driver behavior and raise awareness so all of us, highway workers and motorists alike, arrive home safely every day."
“Students can offer valuable perspectives to problem-solving,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “The Innovations Challenge encourages students across Pennsylvania to examine a real-world issue, apply their lens, and present solutions that others may not have considered. This challenge allows students to learn through engagement and the Commonwealth to benefit from their innovative solutions.”
Through the PennDOT Innovations Challenge, regional winners will be selected and invited to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship. The statewide winning team will be awarded $1,500 from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to be divided among team members.