Essay Writing Contest for teachers

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Engineering,the from the National Academies focuses on “50 Years of Engineering in Society” and asks entrants to describe how engineering will impact our lives over the next five decades.

Students can choose one of the following topics as their essay’s theme: nutrition,health,communication,education,and transportation. Middle and high school students can also opt to turn their essay into a short video and win $2, 500.

Contestants in three age categories compete for monetary prizes and recognition through researching and writing essays of 1, 500 words or less describing how engineering has addressed one of these societal needs and suggest ways that engineering could address this area of need in the next 50 years. Guidelines for length:

  • Grades 3–5: about 400 to 500 words
  • Grades 6–8: about 600 to 800 words
  • Grades 9–12: about 1100 to 1500 words

See contest requirements and awards. Click here to learn how essays will be scored.

Prior winners having received a cash prize from EngineerGirl! in any of the above grade categories may not enter again in the same age group.

How to Enter

Write an essay which addresses the requirements in the contest description. Essays should be written clearly. They may be shorter than,but should not exceed,the word limit. Submit the essay through the Online Submission Form on the EngineerGirl! website,and include all required information.

Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1,2014.

What are the Awards?

All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl! website. (Please review the publication agreement before you submit your essay.) In addition,all winners will receive the prizes listed below:

  • First-place winners will be awarded $500.
  • Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
  • Third-place entries will be awarded $100.

Honorable Mention entries will not receive a cash reward but will be published on the EngineerGirl! website.

Additional Rules

  • Essays will be judged on the basis of design content,research,expression,and originality. You may wish to preview the 2013 Contest Scorecord.
  • All essays must be the original work of the author submitting the entry and must not have been published anywhere else.
  • A contestant may enter only one essay.
  • All entries will be read by a panel of judges,whose selections will be final.

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