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.



2022 Theme:

Take a look at your ride to school. What about to the grocery store or your best friend’s house? There are many ways to travel, but almost 70% of students in the U.S. get to school by car, and transportation is the largest contributor of our country’s GHG emissions. What if one person took a moment to rethink their ride? One school? One city? Cutting back on using cars and using buses, light rail, and trains would help fight climate change. If you rethink your ride, could you save the planet?



2022 "Rethink Your Ride" Poster Winners

Group 1

Group 2

1st place winner Ashley Cheng's poster 1st place winner Anaya Goteti's poster
2nd place prize winner Sanya Kamath's poster

2nd place winner Abhinav Nulu's poster
3rd place prize winner Dominic Li's poster 3rd place winner Aisha Kamdar's poster


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. public 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  
  • 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 5, 2022

Poster submittal deadline at 11:59PM

January 9, 2022

Winners announced and prizes coordinated with winning students

April 30, 2023

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