Innovation Ignition Challenge
No matter where you live.
How can we improve transportation, infrastructure, and way of life in our communities? Innovation! Get students’ creativity moving by having them participate in the Innovation Ignition Mobility Challenge—select submissions will be featured in our Inspiration Gallery.
Innovation Ignition Mobility Challenge
Share these 3 simple steps of the Innovation Ignition Mobility Challenge to get your students started!
What is mobility and how does it affect communities?
It starts with how we want to live and how we can get there.
Mobility gives us a sense of independence and the quality of life we want. To ensure everyone in our communities have mobility, we need innovative solutions to address challenges that may limit our mobility or have a negative impact on our environment.
Solutions such as:
- Mass Transit
- Autonomous vehicles
- Green Mobile Solutions
- Mobility options for elderly
- Accessibility options for elderly
- Analyzing supply and demand of vehicle inventory
Working together to develop innovative ideas that improve our communities can bring mobility to all.
Meet students from around the country who identified a mobility challenge in their communities and explored ways to creatively solve that challenge using basic design principles.
Moving from Private Cars to Public Transport
“Ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft have become popular in the past decade. I think this mobile app technology could be applied to some public bus transportation.”
Lorelei, age 12
Silver Spring, MD
Creating Convenience with a Mobile Storage Space
Many drivers desire additional space in their vehicle to transport everyday items. Lilyanna designed a detachable compartment that provides drivers with extra space for storage, while enhancing mobility for all by providing disabled drivers with room to accommodate a wheelchair while traveling.
Lillyanna, 5th Grade
Converting road to pedestrian-only on weekends
“Shortly after the initial shut-down due to the pandemic, some roads in my area started to close to traffic on weekends and open up to pedestrians.”
Amelia, age 14
Silver Spring, MD
Embracing Alternative Fuel Sources
Imagine a sustainable vehicle that could run on a variety of different alternate energy sources, taking fuel from sunlight, water, electricity and more. Elijah designed a “Futuristic Transportation Vehicle (FTV)” that harnesses alternative energy and reduces negative environmental impacts.
Elijah, 5th Grade, Age 10
Ensure people of all abilities are able to travel in safe environments
“I observed how foot traffic and cars interact in my neighborhood and saw issues that make it less safe for pedestrians.”
Eli, age 12
Inventing New Possibilities in Public Transportation
What if there were a way to invent a revolutionary new system of public transportation that doesn't require new roads or tracks? Mason designed an outside-the-box vehicle that rides along telephone wires, can fit up to 15 people, and uses alternate fuel sources like electric, wind, and solar.
Mason, 5th Grade, Age 10