Middle-school competition set for the last week of March
When should young people set their sights on transportation careers? Middle-school is an ideal time for them to think about taking the courses that will pave the way. This is one reason Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater originated the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Program many years ago.
Since that time, the Mineta Transportation Institute has organized 14 annual competitions that bring together young students who present their ideas for sustainable transportation. MTI provides free workbooks to the students, and the sponsoring organization for each team may also provide technical assistance. These personal relationships help the students develop a realistic idea of the many possible careers in transportation.
The competition is broadcast on a national streaming network, with the current Secretary of Transportation and other industry leaders addressing the students and taking their questions. Each student team presents its project and competes to win cash awards for their classrooms, along with plaques and certificates signed by the Secretary. Representatives from the first-place team are also given a trip to San Jose, Calif. to receive their award at a June banquet.
Learn more about the competition.