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Mayor's Challenge 2019

Mayor's Challenge

Mayor Nicola Smith Issues Challenge to Local Students
Proposals to be heard at annual STEM Expo 

The Mayor's Challenge encourages local students to explore and propose solutions to authentic issues in our community by using STEM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Students in grades 4-12 in the Edmonds School District will have the opportunity to work alongside City engineers, technicians, and subject matter experts to research and develop a proposal that addresses one of the Challenge Issues.

In partnership with the Edmonds School District, the Mayor's Challenge proposals will be presented during the District's 2019 STEM Expo on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Mountlake Terrace High. After reviewing the proposals, our team of technical advisers will determine if the student proposals can be implemented. Students working on the Mayor's Challenge will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in our community and learn more about STEM careers and the academic pathways that support their goals. 

2019 Lynnwood Challenges:

  • Park Invasive Plant Inventory

    • Conduct an inventory of invasive plant material and create a remediation plan for removal at Lynndale Park, Lynnwood's largest, and second oldest park. Opening in 1969, Lynndale Park is located north of Lynndale Elementary School in west Lynnwood. Approximately 22 acres of the park are preserved as native forest, with athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, skate park and off leash dog area. Lynndale Park is also the site of several summer performances and Kamp Kookamunga.
  • Sidewalk Slope Analysis
    • Identify potential trip hazards and slopes that are not in compliance with ADA standards. Students will need to determine the best method to collect and present data. Could include using a remote-control car to determine slope and trip hazards or using drones with supervision from Lynnwood's GIS Coordinator.
  • Civic Campus Parking and Safety
    • ​Look at parking, lighting, safety and walkability across the entire Civic Campus. The lighting components should be looked at first and be able to accommodate current parking layout and be incorporated into the final layout parking and walkabiity. This is important because it will save the City in possible cost encumbrance from demolishing newly installed lighting if the parking lots are reconfigured. 
  • VHF Radio Mapping
    • Lynnwood's radio repeater at City Hall has some areas around Lynnwood that do not reach its coverage. This is a backup way to communicate when cell phone towers and internet are not working. With assistance from the Traffic Engineer, use the VHF radios or other methods to determine areas of Lynnwood that do not receive coverage from the radio repeater.
  • Freeway Commuter Alert System for Transit Center Parking
    • Park and Ride commuters using I-5 can miss their bus from Lynnwood into Seattle because they don't know if the Transit Center parking lot is full until exiting the freeway. If drivers knew that the parking lot was full, they could continue driving to Mountlake Terrace Park and Ride to find available parking. Students will need to address how this issue can be verified or quantified. They will need to figure out what data will need to be collect and how. If a potential issue is identified an an alert system would be deemed appropriate, students will need to explore how to solve the problem. ​
  • Outreach Program for Lynnwood Storm and Sewer Utilities
    • Lynnwood's storm systems are constantly polluted by pet waste that hasn't been properly disposed, fertilizers, soaps, detergents, leads from cares, and many other things. Lynnwood's sewers are polluted with products that wreak havoc on our sanitary sewer system, such as "flushable wet wipes" by clogging pipes, getting tangled in pumps, and by not breaking down. How should we communicate this message to the public to get them to change their behavior? Students will need to outline an outreach program designed to educate the public about what materials are appropriate to be disposed of in our sewer systems, along with a program aimed at educating the public on how to reduce runoff pollution into our storm system. Students could also conduct an impervious surface analysis of Lynnwood's Civic Campus or their school and propose a method to reduce the stormwater runoff for the site.​

For more information on the 2019 Mayor's Challenge, contact Derek Fada at dfada@LynnwoodWA.gov or 425-670-​5242.