ADOT Kid essay contest

ADOT launches essay contest to give away Arizona Centennial road signs to schools

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Hey ADOT Kids!

How would you like to win one of 15 Arizona Centennial road signs to display in your cafeteria, auditorium or elsewhere on campus?

ADOT is hosting an essay contest for students in sixth through 12th grades to determine which public schools will get an authentic Arizona Centennial road sign that was originally installed on the state highway system in 2012 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Arizona gaining statehood. The topic of the essay contest involves the five Cs of Arizona: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate. 

One essay per public school is allowed to be submitted by midnight on Jan. 31, 2023. The designated school administrator or official will submit their school’s essay nomination through the contest website at Essays submitted from each participating school will be judged by a panel of ADOT employees based on originality, creativity, unique writing style and descriptive language.

A contest flier can be downloaded here.

Winners will be announced on Arizona Statehood Day, Feb. 14, 2023.


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ADOT Kids was created to spark children’s curiosity in how things work and what makes things go ... to tap into their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. ADOT Kids has lots of free, downloadable activity sheets, links to videos, and more! The Arizona Department of Transportation communications team members worked together to develop this program to entertain and educate children about a career in engineering! Check out the ADOT intern program, open to current college students and high school graduates who have been accepted to a college or university and are majoring in engineering, and the Engineer-in-Training program for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in this field.

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Civil engineers design structures using knowledge that kids learn in school in subjects like math, science, English (especially for writing reports) and computers to help them do their work. At ADOT, civil engineers help cars and other vehicles get from place to place. They design freeways so that traffic jams can be avoided, keeping in mind safety and efficiency. What if a road needs to go over a train track, or over a mountain or through a canyon? Civil engineers can solve this by designing tunnels or bridges to go through, over or even under these obstacles. They also can supervise the construction and maintenance of their designs to make sure everything is going according to plan and the roads are in good condition.