Elementary Poster Contest

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Elementary Poster Contest

The Mineta Transportation Institute Elementary Poster Contest allows students, grades 1-6, to convey their knowledge of safe, affordable, and sustainable alternative transportation modes to passenger cars through an artistic, visually compelling image.


2024-25 Poster Contest Theme




2023 #VisionZero Poster Winners

Group 1

Group 2


Past Elementary Poster Contest Winners



Prizes and Awards!

Six winners will be selected: Three from grades 1-3 and three from grades 4-6. All winning posters will be displayed at the Mineta Transportation Institute Banquet at San José State University in June. All prizes must be claimed by end of the academic school year in which the entries were made. 

Elementary poster contest prizes and awards

Ready to Participate?

Participants must be students enrolled in any U.S. schools (grades 1-6). Three winning posters from each group will be selected by a panel of impartial judges. The competition is open from September-December annually.

Group 1: Grades 1st - 3rd 

Group 2: Grades 4th - 6th 

  • Posters must be a standard poster board size 22 x 28 inches (If acquiring these posters is a financial burden, please contact MTI's Alverina Weinardy for assistance)
  • Posters can be illustrated vertically or horizontally
  • Media: paint, crayon, felt pen, markers, cut paper, and other art supplies (no printed components may be used)
  • Only one entry per student
  • A photo of the completed posters should be submitted using the form at the bottom of this page  
  • Poster dimensions 18 x 24 inches (poster setting)
  • Posters can be illustrated vertically or horizontally
  • Digital poster contest- participants may use PowerPoint, Paint, Spark, or any another poster-making application
  • Posters must be submitted in PDF format
  • Only one entry per student
  • Posters must be submitted using the entry form at the bottom of this page


Judging Criteria

  • Poster must adhere to the annual theme
  • Must show safe transit/ transportation practices
  • Creativity and originality
  • Catchiness of incorporating the theme as a motto, tag line, or hashtag
  • Visual appeal (i.e. layout, color selection, organization)
  • Spelling and message clarity
  • Quick tip: for digital entries, remember to reduce the file size for easy upload


Important Dates

December 13, 2024

Poster submittal deadline at 11:59PM (PT).

February 3, 2025

Winners announced and prizes coordinated with winning students. To claim their prizes, legal guardians must fill out a W9 form. 

April 30, 2025

All prizes must be claimed.


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For questions or concerns regarding this contest, please contact Alverina Weinardy.



Contact Us

SJSU Research Foundation   210 N. 4th Street, 4th Floor, San Jose, CA 95112    Phone: 408-924-7560   Email: mineta-institute@sjsu.edu