The PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is inviting students in grades 9-12 to participate in the sixth annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge, which encourages students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges in a competition among their peers. The submission deadline is January 27, 2023.
For this year’s challenge, students are asked to develop ideas to help address the shortage of commercial truck parking along major interstate corridors in Pennsylvania. The challenge asks students to select from a list of such corridors where truck parking is a known issue and develop an innovative approach to increase commercial truck parking availability in that area and offset costs incurred for construction. Regional winners will be selected and invited to present their solutions to a panel of judges, who will determine the statewide winner. The statewide winning team members will receive certificates as well as their school receiving a traveling trophy and permanent trophy engraved with the school's name. In addition, the winning team will receive a total award of $4,000. Click here for details on the Innovation Challenge competition.