Cupertino Teens – Enter Now to be Honored by Mayor Chang

Cupertino Teens – Enter Now to be Honored by Mayor Chang

Mayor Chang’s Challenge

Solve the Streets

Cupertino Teens – Enter now to win $300!

Even Cupertino teens know that traffic throughout the Silicon Valley grows more and more congested every day. With a steady influx of new residents, commuters, and students, the streets are clogged with traffic.

Mayor Barry Chang challenges all teens ages 13 – 19 to take on the role of a policy maker and:

A) Analyze the current Silicon Valley traffic situation
B) Research effective ways to improve Silicon Valley traffic
C) Create a 5 – 10 minute video proposing an innovative yet realistic solution that can improve transportation in the Silicon Valley.


  • Contest Opens: Friday, December 11th 2015 @ 10:00 am PST
  • Deadline to Enter: Sunday, January 17th 2016 @ 11:59 pm PST


  • This contest is open to anyone ages 13 – 19.


  • 1st place – $300
  • 2nd place – $200
  • 3rd place – $100
  • The top three scoring projects will also receive special recognition by Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang during an award ceremony.

Project Submission Deadline is Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 11:59pm

Click here to download the PDF flyer with detail about the Solve the Streets teen contest for teens.

Click here for the Contest Terms and Conditions.

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Research Sources

To get you started, here are several articles/videos highlighting the traffic problems in the surrounding area:


DO NOT include copyrighted music in your video – it will be automatically disqualified because it would be illegal to publish. All entries must be the original work of the contestant. If you choose to include music in your project, please use non-copyrighted music. This music is available for free from a variety of websites, including:

Judging Criteria


●  Is the project’s content realistic?

●  Is the proposed idea(s) practical (i.e. no spaceships, robots)?


●  Does the proposed project bring new ideas to the table?

●  Does the project use past transportation recommendations?

Supporting Evidence

●  Does the project provide evidence of having researched current local transportation systems?

●  Does the project provide evidence of having researched current transportation systems in other cities/countries?

●  How well does the evidence support the creators’ position?

●  Is all evidence cited?

Content Clarity

●  How clearly does the project address the prompt?

Technical Production

●  Is the video emotionally engaging?

●  Is the video entertaining?

●  Does the video stay within the 5 – 10 minute time limit?

Consider the Following…

  • Learn where the population and job centers are located today, and look towards future population growth may be throughout the Bay Area.
  • Consider where, why, and how Bay Area residents travel (i.e. home, work, shopping, entertainment, etc.) – look outside Cupertino!
  • Know the government agencies responsible for transportation issues and their current operational plans. Study the current proposals to alleviate traffic and understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Determine if existing government funding can be retargeted to create a more effective transportation infrastructure.
  • Research how other cities, both within and outside the US, have dealt with their traffic problems as their population grew.

Project Submission Requirements Checklist

  • Only 2 – 6 people per team
  • Only 1 submission per team
  • Use a Santa Clara County Library District database to research your topic and collect data supporting your solution
  • Create a video presenting your research and propose an innovative yet realistic solution to help improve transportation in Silicon Valley
  • Proposal must be practical and realistic (i.e. no hover cars, robots, spaceships)
  • Structure your video presentation as if you were proposing your solution to a community group, government agency, or corporation
  • Create a title caption on your video that contains your name(s) and project title
  • Video should be between 5 (minimum) – 10 (maximum) minutes long
  • Video should be in mp4 format.
  • All copyrighted material must be credited and documented
  • All video submissions must be original works created by the teen applicants
  • Be creative, professional, and have fun!
  • Video submissions must be uploaded to Google Drive
  • Registration should include team name and contact info for all team members
  • Registrants may receive additional material during the contest from the Cupertino Library Foundation.
  • For questions, please contact Cupertino Library’s Teen Service Librarian, Matt Lorenzo:

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