Two high school students and two college students were named winners of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 6th annual “Student Transportation Video Contest” during ARTBA’s National Convention earlier this month.
Each student will receive a $500 cash prize.
General Transportation Category
Age Group One (Elementary, Middle or High School Students): Josh Jaffe, is an 11th grader at Seattle Academy in Seattle, Wash. His video discusses the need to further develop the city’s public transit system to accommodate a growing population, making suggestions to expand and repair current infrastructure to access more communities.
Age Group Two (Post-Secondary/College/Graduate Level): Timothy Gersten is a film and television major at New York University in New York City. He describes in his video how infrastructure is financed through the federal gas tax. He mentions how lagging funding leaves roadways and bridges significantly deficient, and suggests further investment to renew, promote sustainability, and develop infrastructure plans.
Age Group One (Elementary, Middle or High School Students): Christopher Pomeroy is an 11th grader at Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, Mass. His video discusses the need to incorporate more autonomous vehicles on the road to improve safety for all drivers and reduce road accidents.
Age Group Two (Post-Secondary/College/Graduate Level): Abdi Musse is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh. His video focuses on the need to improve work zone safety conditions to prevent accidents and deaths. It promotes avoiding distracted driving by limiting phone usage and obeying work zone signage.
The association received 30 entries this year in the two categories. Sponsored by ARTBA’s Research and Education Division (RED), the contest aims to raise awareness about infrastructure issues by challenging students to develop a brief video exploring various topics relating to America’s transportation network. Submission topics ranged from funding the Interstate Highway System, developing public transit, transportation innovation, infrastructure for cyclists, distracted driving, and autonomous vehicles.
The competition was advertised on college scholarship websites, posted on online video contest sites, shared with Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) members and high schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It was also shared on ARTBA’s social media accounts. Submissions were reviewed and winners selected by a panel of ARTBA members.