Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that a team of students
from the South Fayette School District, Allegheny County has been selected as
the PennDOT District 11 winner for its third Innovations Challenge.
Team members include
Tanush Shrivastava, Himanish Kolli, Daxen Prajapati, Niveidhan Praveen and were
mentored by James Hausman.
Since last fall,
students have been working hard to solve this year’s 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?
“Last year, PennDOT
spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter across Pennsylvania,” said
Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “These dollars could have otherwise
been spent on delivering a better transportation network and making Pennsylvania
a better state in which to live.”
regional team’s innovation is known as “CashCan,” which utilizes a smartphone
app and camera technology to incentivize throwing away trash by earning credits
that can be turned into prizes.
Now in its third year,
the PennDOT Innovations Challenge invites high school students in grades 9-12
to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to
solve real-world transportation challenges. The Innovations Challenge aims to not
only help students explore actual transportation challenges that PennDOT is
facing, but also open their minds to the very real possibility of working for
PennDOT after graduation.
received great submissions by all participating teams. We are very appreciative of the students and
their advisors taking time to come share their ideas with us. We congratulate the winning team and are
excited to have them represent our region with their CashCan innovation at the
statewide judging later this year,” said Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, P.E., District
Regional winners will
now move on to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship.
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
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