AKRON (April 9, 2014) — Goodyear is challenging future engineers in grades 9-12 to invent the “tire of tomorrow” and is offering $15,000 in prize money to the best teams.
The challenge is part of Goodyear’s 14th Annual Engineering Career Day event, taking place April 12 at the University of Akron (UA). The company will award $7,500 to the high school group that produces the most innovative tire concept. A second- and third-place team will take home grants worth $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.
Goodyear said it anticipates welcoming more than 3,000 students, parents and teachers to the day-long event. In addition to exposure to UA’s new landscape for learning, students will be able to interact with representatives from 50-plus local organizations, which will be hosting hands-on engineering activities.
The tire maker said in all it will be giving away more than $40,000 in grant awards and scholarships to participants.
“At Goodyear, our most valuable asset is the talent and skill sets of our people,” said Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s interim chief technical officer. “Engineering Career Day showcases our dedication to fostering future engineers at a young age. Investing early is key to attracting and retaining young innovators.”
More information about the event can be found on Goodyear’s website.