AKRON—Goodyear has issued a $15,000 challenge to prospective high school engineers to invent the tire of tomorrow as part of the company's 14th annual Engineering Career Day hosted by the University of Akron on April 12.
The firm will award the top three groups that produce the most innovative concept. The grand prize is a $7,500 grant, with two runners-up receiving grants of $5,000 and $2,500.
Goodyear anticipates more than 3,000 students, parents and teachers to the Akron campus for the career day event. Representatives from more than 50 local organizations will be hosting hands-on engineering activities throughout the day.
The firm said it will give away more than $40,000 in scholarships and grant awards to participants.
“Our most valuable asset is the talent and skill sets of our people,” said Joe Zekoski, interim chief technical officer. “Engineering Career Day showcases our dedication to fostering future engineers at a young age. Investing early is the key to attracting and retaining young innovators.”