Elementary Poster Contest

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Elementary Poster Contest

The Mineta Transportation Institute Elementary Poster Contest allows students, grades 1-6, to demonstrate their knowledge of the year’s transportation theme through an artistic, visually compelling image.

That image should encourage, inspire, and/or convey a message to others about the theme.


2021 Theme:
 “Stroll and Roll Back to School”



2020 "I Stop, You Stop, We All Stop for Train Tracks" Poster Winners

1st place prize winner:
Elena, 3rd grade, Los Alamitos Elementary

2nd place prize winner Catalina's poster

2nd place prize winner:
Catalina, 2nd grade, Escondido Elementary

3rd place prize winner Mikhail's poster

3rd place prize winner:
Mikhail, 2nd grade, Montague Elementary


1st place prize winner:
Nitzia, 3rd grade, Bachrodt Elementary


2nd place prize winner Jazlyn's poster

2nd place prize winner:
Jazlyn, 3rd grade, Bachrodt Elementary

3rd place prize winner Sophia's poster

3rd place prize winner:
Sophia, 3rd grade, Bachrodt Elementary


"Thank you for teaching us about safety. Now I know why the school busses stop at train tracks!" - Sophia


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. Field trip prizes include bus costs and entry fees.*  

Elementary poster contest prizes and awards

*Prizes are subject to change based on county and state ordinances and recommendations regarding COVID-19.

Ready to Participate?

Participants must be students enrolled in any public Santa Clara County elementary school (grades 1-6). Three winning posters from each group will be selected by a panel of impartial judges. The competition is open from August-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 Irma Garcia 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  
  • Winning posters will not be returned to the student
  • 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 1st, 2021

Poster submittal deadline at 11:59PM

January 2nd, 2022

Winners announced and prizes coordinated with winning class

April 30th, 2022

All field trips and class parties must be completed


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For questions or concerns regarding this contest, please contact Irma Garcia at 408-924-7566.



Contact Us

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