Engineer Girl Essay Contest

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Type:Submission

Categories:Language Arts, STEM

Scope:National

Registration Closes
Feb 1, 2020 11:59pm
America/New_York

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world.  The topic and detailed instructions for the contest are posted in the fall with a deadline for submissions early the following year. Winners are announced in the spring.

Tell a story about a person learning to live on a new world while traveling through space.

Learning…A lifelong journey. These are stories from the spaceship Vestigo. Its 20-year journey will take a large group of people from Earth to a new home outside our solar system…

The passengers are from 2- to 50-years-old and will have little contact with Earth. They will have access to books and other resources onboard the ship. Many are experts in different fields.

Vestigo is equipped with artificial gravity and large areas for growing food. Living quarters are like compact apartments.

Everyone onboard will need education and training. They will need to maintain the ship and to prepare for life on a new planet. Most people will need to be skilled in more than one area.

Each age group has different submission requirements, but everyone must submit a story that shows a person onboard the Vestigo learning something new.

Elementary (grades 3-5)

Creative problem-solving and design skills will be important on the new world. Write a story about a girl or boy your age learning and/or demonstrating the engineering design process while onboard the Vestigo. Your story should be no more than 900 words. You may include artwork or graphics that will help the reader understand your ideas. You may also submit up to three references in an annotated bibliography that will help support your story.

Middle School (grades 6-8)

Imagine trying to understand weather if you’ve lived your whole life in space! Think of a skill that could help people who grew up on the Vestigo survive on a new planet. Use the engineering design process to figure out how they might learn that skill onboard the ship. You must submit an Engineer’s Note that briefly explains the learning tool you designed for your character. This note should describe for the judges why you chose this particular method or technology. It can be up to 250 words. Then, write a story about a Vestigo passenger your age who learns that skill using the method or technology you designed. You may include artwork or graphics to illustrate your story, which should be no more than 1,200 words. You may also submit up to five references in an annotated bibliography to help support your story or engineer's note. The bibliography does not count towards your word limits.

High School (grades 9-12)

For the colony to thrive, everyone onboard the Vestigo will need to learn new skills – not just children or young adults. Use the engineering design process to design a system of education that will encourage this kind of life-long learning. Be sure to consider the different ways and tools that people can use to learn and how students can demonstrate what they know. You may want to review the systems design resources on EngineerGirl for help getting started. Create an Engineer’s Note for the judges about your education system. This note should describe the system you designed and how it could change over time. Imagine the judges are the leaders of the colony and you are using this note to persuade them to select your system of education aboard the Vestigo. It can be up to 500 words. Then, write a story about a person of any age learning a new skill or being recognized as an expert at something while onboard the Vestigo. Your story should be no more than 1,600 words. You must also include at least 3, but no more than 10, references in an annotated bibliography to support your work. The bibliography does not count towards your word limits

Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields. In addition to checking that submissions meet all of the basic rules, they will be looking for:
  1. How original, creative, and well-written the story is
  2. How creative, realistic, and appropriate the learning tools and technologies included in the story are
  3. How well the story (and engineer's note) reflects author's understanding and/or use of the engineering design process
Submissions with annotated bibliographies will be preferred over those without in the event of a tie. Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee. The decisions of the judges are final and incontestable.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.engineergirl.org/10209/EngineerGirl-Writing-Contest

Managing Organization: National Academy of Engineering

Contact:

EngineerGirl@nae.edu

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories: <ul> <li>Elementary School Students (grades 3-5)</li> <li>Middle School Students in (grades 6-8)</li> <li>High School Students (grades 9-12)</li> </ul> The category for entry must be based on US grade categories. Home schooled or international students who are unsure of their grade should choose an appropriate category based on where the student would be placed if attending public school in the US.  Prior winners of the Writing Contest who have received a cash prize from <em>EngineerGirl </em>in any of the above grade categories may not enter again in the same age group. Employees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and their immediate families or those living in the same household as a National Academies employee are not eligible to enter this competition. Entrants may enter one Submission in one of the three competition categories. Entrants must select one competition category at the time of their entry. Each individual contest participant is restricted to one Submission only.

Registration Closes
Feb 1, 2020 11:59pm
America/New_York

Overview

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world.  The topic and detailed instructions for the contest are posted in the fall with a deadline for submissions early the following year. Winners are announced in the spring.

Tell a story about a person learning to live on a new world while traveling through space.

Learning…A lifelong journey. These are stories from the spaceship Vestigo. Its 20-year journey will take a large group of people from Earth to a new home outside our solar system…

The passengers are from 2- to 50-years-old and will have little contact with Earth. They will have access to books and other resources onboard the ship. Many are experts in different fields.

Vestigo is equipped with artificial gravity and large areas for growing food. Living quarters are like compact apartments.

Everyone onboard will need education and training. They will need to maintain the ship and to prepare for life on a new planet. Most people will need to be skilled in more than one area.

Process

Each age group has different submission requirements, but everyone must submit a story that shows a person onboard the Vestigo learning something new.

Elementary (grades 3-5)

Creative problem-solving and design skills will be important on the new world. Write a story about a girl or boy your age learning and/or demonstrating the engineering design process while onboard the Vestigo. Your story should be no more than 900 words. You may include artwork or graphics that will help the reader understand your ideas. You may also submit up to three references in an annotated bibliography that will help support your story.

Middle School (grades 6-8)

Imagine trying to understand weather if you’ve lived your whole life in space! Think of a skill that could help people who grew up on the Vestigo survive on a new planet. Use the engineering design process to figure out how they might learn that skill onboard the ship. You must submit an Engineer’s Note that briefly explains the learning tool you designed for your character. This note should describe for the judges why you chose this particular method or technology. It can be up to 250 words. Then, write a story about a Vestigo passenger your age who learns that skill using the method or technology you designed. You may include artwork or graphics to illustrate your story, which should be no more than 1,200 words. You may also submit up to five references in an annotated bibliography to help support your story or engineer's note. The bibliography does not count towards your word limits.

High School (grades 9-12)

For the colony to thrive, everyone onboard the Vestigo will need to learn new skills – not just children or young adults. Use the engineering design process to design a system of education that will encourage this kind of life-long learning. Be sure to consider the different ways and tools that people can use to learn and how students can demonstrate what they know. You may want to review the systems design resources on EngineerGirl for help getting started. Create an Engineer’s Note for the judges about your education system. This note should describe the system you designed and how it could change over time. Imagine the judges are the leaders of the colony and you are using this note to persuade them to select your system of education aboard the Vestigo. It can be up to 500 words. Then, write a story about a person of any age learning a new skill or being recognized as an expert at something while onboard the Vestigo. Your story should be no more than 1,600 words. You must also include at least 3, but no more than 10, references in an annotated bibliography to support your work. The bibliography does not count towards your word limits

Criteria

Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields. In addition to checking that submissions meet all of the basic rules, they will be looking for:
  1. How original, creative, and well-written the story is
  2. How creative, realistic, and appropriate the learning tools and technologies included in the story are
  3. How well the story (and engineer's note) reflects author's understanding and/or use of the engineering design process
Submissions with annotated bibliographies will be preferred over those without in the event of a tie. Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee. The decisions of the judges are final and incontestable.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.engineergirl.org/10209/EngineerGirl-Writing-Contest

Managing Organization: National Academy of Engineering

Contact:

EngineerGirl@nae.edu

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories: <ul> <li>Elementary School Students (grades 3-5)</li> <li>Middle School Students in (grades 6-8)</li> <li>High School Students (grades 9-12)</li> </ul> The category for entry must be based on US grade categories. Home schooled or international students who are unsure of their grade should choose an appropriate category based on where the student would be placed if attending public school in the US.  Prior winners of the Writing Contest who have received a cash prize from <em>EngineerGirl </em>in any of the above grade categories may not enter again in the same age group. Employees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and their immediate families or those living in the same household as a National Academies employee are not eligible to enter this competition. Entrants may enter one Submission in one of the three competition categories. Entrants must select one competition category at the time of their entry. Each individual contest participant is restricted to one Submission only.

Deadlines

Registration Closes
Feb 1, 2020 11:59pm
America/New_York