Opportunities for all Grades




UPDATED 10/22/2019


 
  
2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge
 
Last year, PennDOT spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter across Pennsylvania.  In addition, nearly 5,000 volunteers spend countless hours participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program each year.  These dollars and volunteer hours could have otherwise been spent on delivering a better transportation network and making Pennsylvania a better state in which to live.   
 
Your Challenge: Aside from laws, programs and educational campaigns, what cost-effective, innovative solution can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help PennDOT more efficiently, effectively and safely control litter along roadways?
 
Your Award: The statewide winning team will be chosen from among regional winning teams across the state. Each PennDOT regional office’s winning team members will receive certificates. The regional winners will be invited to Harrisburg to present their innovative solutions in front of the PennDOT Secretary and a panel of judges. The statewide winning team will receive certificates as well as a traveling trophy and permanent trophy engraved with the school's name.  
 
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) organization are providing a combined total award of $3,000 to be divided among the first, second and third place statewide winning teams.
 
Think you have an innovative solution? Give the PennDOT Innovations Challenge your best effort!
 
Project & Submission Guidelines
 
Students must work together in teams (minimum of two up to a maximum of four individuals) to develop their innovative solution that addresses the identified challenge.  
 
To enter the challenge, teams must complete the 2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge Submission Form, which includes attaching a description of no more than 750 words outlining the innovative solution, its benefits, estimated implementation costs and a funding strategy. Note: Each team must identify a faculty adviser who will need to submit the form on the team’s behalf.
 
The submissions will be reviewed by regional PennDOT offices and up to five team finalists will be invited to present their solutions in person at a PennDOT regional office depending on where their school district is located.  
 
Note: If your team is selected as a regional finalist, a PowerPoint presentation (or similar presentation software), consisting of no more than 15 slides must be created. Presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes. In addition, models, diagrams, videos, and other visual aids or supporting materials can be used as part of your presentation to demonstrate your team's innovative solution to the PennDOT regional office judges.   
 
Winners will be selected from PennDOT regional offices; regional winners will move on to compete in Harrisburg as part of the statewide competition where one statewide winner will be selected.

 
The challenge is open to Pennsylvania high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in public, private or charter schools, and homeschooled students.
 
Note: PennDOT employees and their family members (siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews) are ineligible to enter.
 
Deadline
 
Submissions must be received by PennDOT’s Bureau of Innovations by 11:59 PM on December 20, 2019.
 
Process and Timeline
 
1. By December 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM, complete and submit the 2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge Submission Form to PennDOT’s Bureau of Innovations.  
 
2. By January 24, 2020, PennDOT regional offices will review initial submissions, select up to five finalists and invite them to the PennDOT regional office to present their innovative solutions to a panel of judges. Note: These presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and include a PowerPoint (or similar presentation software), consisting of no more than 15 slides. Models, diagrams, videos, and other visual aids or supporting materials to demonstrate the team's innovative solution can be used as part of your presentation to demonstrate the team's innovative solution to the PennDOT regional office judges.   
 
3. By February 28, 2020, PennDOT regional offices will select winners to travel to Harrisburg in April 2020 to present their innovative solution to the PennDOT Secretary and a panel of judges who will then select a statewide winner.
 
Criteria and Judging:
 
• Effectiveness – 10 points o Does the solution holistically address the challenge (safe litter pickup, recycling and disposal)? o Could the solution be used by PennDOT without substantial revisions? o Does the solution address a problem that can be solved with the technology that is available today or being discussed as possible within the next five to 10 years? o If applicable, does the solution include a proposal for continued operation (long-term maintenance) after implementation?  
 
• Benefits to the Community – 10 points o Does the solution serve the community?  o Does the solution improve safety to the traveling public? o Could the solution be applied at the local government level? o Does the solution improve communications and/or interactions between PennDOT and the community?
 
• Cost Savings – 10 points  o Would the solution save Pennsylvania taxpayers money? o Does the solution demonstrate direct and/or indirect cost savings? o Are the cost savings sustainable; i.e. does this project save money in the short- or long-term?

 • Innovation – 10 points o Does the solution introduce an original or advanced concept?  o Does the solution have potential to change the way people view and dispose of their litter? o Does the solution introduce a new or advanced product, business model, field, etc.?
 • Presentation – 10 points o Were the presentation materials submitted completely? o Is the solution presented in a captivating manner?  o Is the solution presented with clarity and forethought? o Did the presenters discuss all aspects of the solution from formulation through execution? o Did the group members answer questions from the judges completely, logically, and personably?  o Did the solution’s brief write-up contain a clear, complete, and well-organized summary of the project?
 
Resources
 
For additional resources pertaining to roadside liter in Pennsylvania, visit PennDOT’s Roadside Beautification webpage.
 
Contact Information
 
For questions or more information, email PennDOT’s Bureau of Innovations at DOTInnovations@pa.gov.
 





UPDATED 10/11/2019



State Police Youth Week is sponsored by The American Legion Department of Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania State Police.

Program overview:

Cadets participate in a wide variety of instructional sessions with Local, State Police and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  You will learn how to work as a team and be taught self-esteem, as you will be the future Leaders of our state and nation.  There will be classes in Pennsylvania Vehicle and Crime Codes, forensic sciences, radar, riot control, tactical drug operation through the use of specially trained dogs, weapon firing, and other police related skills.  Recreational activities will be scheduled as time permits.  This is a six-day camp used to introduce students in all procedures of law enforcement.  Cadets march to their classes in platoon formation and have drill competition.  You should be physically fit and have a good academic record to be able to participate.  This is not a recreational camp.

Eligibility:

Cadets, female or male student who has turned 15 yrs old by the start of camp & has not turned 18 yrs old by the end of camp. The Post or District Commander, or his/her representative will interview each cadet nominated to select candidates, and their alternates.  Cadets must be in good health, with no physical defects, and have an average or above standing in their class and of course express a personal interest in either law enforcement or military service.

Cost:

Fee of $175 includes meals, water bottle, ball cap and (3) t-shirts.  This is paid by the sponsoring American Legion Post/Unit or other civic group.

This fee is non-refundable

Transportation:

This is the responsibility of the sponsoring group or the parent(s) of the student.

State Police Youth Week Brochure 2019

State Police Youth Week Application 2019









KEYSTONE BOYS STATE

Pennsylvania’s premier leadership program for young men

A week of leadership, civic participation, and learning-by-doing

Keystone Boys State (KBS) is a week-long leadership development program that uses a state government simulation as the vehicle for instilling the principles of civic engagement, democracy, and patriotism in the students who attend.


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