Engineer Girl Essay Contest

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Type:Submission

Categories:Language Arts, STEM

Scope:National

Registration Opens
Sep 14, 2019 5:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Jan 31, 2020 4:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world.  Usually the announcement is posted in the fall with judging and winners announced in the spring or summer. Each year the topic of the contest changes. Stay tuned for next year's topic.

To enter the contest, students should follow these guidelines for their essays:

Elementary School Students (grades 3-5); Essays must be 400 to 700 words.

Imagine that you are an engineer.  Identify an organization that might implement your proposed solution and write a letter to the leader of that organization.  In your letter, describe your proposed solution in detail, explain how it should be implemented, and discuss why it is important to implement. To strengthen your submission think of questions the leader may have about your solution, and attempt to answer them in your letter. Middle School Students in (grades 6-8); Essays must be 600 to 1100 words. Imagine that you are an engineer working with an organization to implement your proposed solution.  Write a project summary for the organization’s public relations (PR) department.  Describe the solution in detail and explain what is new or novel about your approach.  Identify who would be involved in the design, testing, manufacturing, and distribution stages of the project and how they work together to implement the solution.  Your summary has to provide the PR department with enough information that they can respond to questions about and help promote the project. High School Students (grades 9-12); Essays must be 1000 to 1500 words. Imagine that you are an engineer in an engineering firm poised to implement your proposed solution in a specific location and/or situation.  Write a proposal to the organization that would fund this project.   Describe the solution in detail and explain how and why it should be implemented.  Describe the expertise available at your imaginary firm and explain how any other groups might need to be involved in the design, manufacturing, and distribution processes.  Explain what has already been tried or is already known about this type of solution and what would be new or innovative.  Describe how you will test or anticipate failure for any new innovations to minimize risk. Describe exactly what this project would aim to achieve, and make a case for why the cost would be justified.

Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields. Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Effectiveness in communicating ideas and fully addressing the requirements of the contest;
  2. Accurate research and analytical thinking;
  3. Creativity and originality in the content selection and presentation
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.engineergirl.org/GetThere/Contest.aspx

Managing Organization: National Academy of Engineering

Contact:

RAtkins@nae.edu

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories: <ol> <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> </ol> 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 Essay 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 Opens
Sep 14, 2019 5:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Jan 31, 2020 4:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world.  Usually the announcement is posted in the fall with judging and winners announced in the spring or summer. Each year the topic of the contest changes. Stay tuned for next year's topic.

Process

To enter the contest, students should follow these guidelines for their essays:

Elementary School Students (grades 3-5); Essays must be 400 to 700 words.

Imagine that you are an engineer.  Identify an organization that might implement your proposed solution and write a letter to the leader of that organization.  In your letter, describe your proposed solution in detail, explain how it should be implemented, and discuss why it is important to implement. To strengthen your submission think of questions the leader may have about your solution, and attempt to answer them in your letter. Middle School Students in (grades 6-8); Essays must be 600 to 1100 words. Imagine that you are an engineer working with an organization to implement your proposed solution.  Write a project summary for the organization’s public relations (PR) department.  Describe the solution in detail and explain what is new or novel about your approach.  Identify who would be involved in the design, testing, manufacturing, and distribution stages of the project and how they work together to implement the solution.  Your summary has to provide the PR department with enough information that they can respond to questions about and help promote the project. High School Students (grades 9-12); Essays must be 1000 to 1500 words. Imagine that you are an engineer in an engineering firm poised to implement your proposed solution in a specific location and/or situation.  Write a proposal to the organization that would fund this project.   Describe the solution in detail and explain how and why it should be implemented.  Describe the expertise available at your imaginary firm and explain how any other groups might need to be involved in the design, manufacturing, and distribution processes.  Explain what has already been tried or is already known about this type of solution and what would be new or innovative.  Describe how you will test or anticipate failure for any new innovations to minimize risk. Describe exactly what this project would aim to achieve, and make a case for why the cost would be justified.

Criteria

Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields. Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Effectiveness in communicating ideas and fully addressing the requirements of the contest;
  2. Accurate research and analytical thinking;
  3. Creativity and originality in the content selection and presentation

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.engineergirl.org/GetThere/Contest.aspx

Managing Organization: National Academy of Engineering

Contact:

RAtkins@nae.edu

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories: <ol> <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> </ol> 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 Essay 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 Opens
Sep 14, 2019 5:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Jan 31, 2020 4:00pm
America/Los_Angeles