Garrett A. Morgan Youth SymposiumSaturday, July 12, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Great Transportation Debate at COMTOThe Great Transportation Debate at COMTO will feature four of the country’s top high-school-aged urban debaters from the Atlanta area engaged in a policy debate regarding a critical public policy issue, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support for high speed rail. Students attending the COMTO events will participate in the debate as judges and will raise transportation policy questions that the debaters will respond to.
About the Atlanta Urban Debate LeagueThe Atlanta Urban Debate League (AUDL) was the birthplace and continues to be a leader in the urban debate movement. The AUDL works with school districts, member schools, and community organizations to provide debate programming to elementary, middle, and high school students in the metro Atlanta area. The Atlanta Urban Debate League has served over 25,000 students since 1985, with over 80% of participants attending college and post-secondary education. Research shows that debate provides students with invaluable critical thinking, research, writing, decision-making, leadership, and oral communication skills necessary for both school and life. By giving students the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century and beyond, AUDL is creating critical thinkers, for the critical times in which we live. For more information, please check us out at www.atlantadebate.org.Part II:FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEADThis session is an introduction for students to consider transportation as a career. College and technical schools, along with local transportation agencies, will be available to speak with students and will have information to share.Part III:Amour Yard Technical Tour:The Amour Yard tour will provide the visual climax to the student’s day and bring it all together. The students will see transit in action from the Yard Tower dispatch area.