PANYNJ Lincoln and Holland Tunnel Catwalk Robotics, NYC/NJ H.S Challenge

Greetings NYC Public Schools Community Education and Citywide Councils,

My name is Ophelia Rivas, the General Manager of Government and Community Relations-NY at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and I am reaching out regarding the PANYNJ Lincoln and Holland Tunnel Catwalk Robotics, NYC/NJ H.S Challenge.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is pleased to announce the launch of the Lincoln and Holland Tunnel Catwalk Robotics Challenge for high schools in New York City and New Jersey. We invite your NYC H.S students to participate and kindly request your assistance in sharing contest information with your networks.

The PANYNJ is challenging high school students from NYC and NJ to conceive and design a robotics system that will facilitate communication with tunnel police and operations personnel in the tunnels to address issues such as stalled vehicles, identify stoppage and enhance driver communications. Teams must consist of 5-8 students in grades 9-12 from NYC and NJ, each team must designate an advisor to register the team and provide guidance throughout the design process. Additionally, students will receive design input from the PANYNJ’s Innovation Hub (iHub). A panel of judges will select the winning team and award them a prize of $750, along with the potential opportunity for the agency to adopt and construct their design.

The contest officially begins on Thursday, September 7th, 2023, and we will accept applications from advisors until Wednesday, October 4, 11:59pm. For additional information, interested NYC high schools can refer to the attached flyer and fill out the “Staff General Interest Form” or may contact the iHub at with the subject line “The High School Challenge”.

Please feel free to reach out if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the initiative further and address any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Best regards,


Ophelia Rivas

General Manager

Government & Community Relations-NY

World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007