A high school senior from Pennsylvania and an undergraduate student from Florida Polytechnic Institute were named winners of the 4th annual ARTBA “Student Transportation Video Contest.”

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.  Students were able to choose their own subject matter, with most focusing on how transportation infrastructure is built and paid for, the impacts of traffic congestion, transportation and urban development plans, and the public’s perception of transportation development.

The association received more than 30 entries this year in two categories.

In Category One, “Elementary, Middle or High School Students” top prize went to Ty Miller, a 12th grader at Boyertown Area Senior High School in central Pennsylvania for his video titled, “Infrastructure: the Unsung Hero,” which underscore that transportation infrastructure is the catalyst of American civilization.   It discusses how the construction of bridges, canals, waterways, railways, airports and roads are the “unsung heroes” of our society, spurring economic development, providing freedom of mobility and uniting the country.

First place in Category Two, “Post-Secondary, College or Graduate Students” went to a video titled, “Our Deficient Transportation Infrastructure,” by Aubury Erickson of Florida Polytechnic University. Erickson, a freshman studying mechanical and industrial engineering, created an informative, four-minute animation outlining the importance the U.S. transportation system to the U.S. economy.  As narrator, she explains how America’s transportation infrastructure has been given a “D” rating by the American Society for Civil Engineers.  She highlights the nation’s transportation funding challenges, lack of investment and the importance of maintaining a well-developed and sufficient transportation network.

The winning entries were screened during the association’s 2014 National Convention, held Sept. 7-9 in California, and each student received a $500 cash prize.