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Engineergirl Essay Contest On Engineering And Sport

Engineergirl Essay Contest On Engineering And Sport

Engineers are essential to the way we live. They help to keep us safe and healthy, make sure we have enough to eat, get us from one place to another, and they even shape the way we play. Consider your favorite sport, and then think about all the different kinds of technologies that are used in playing, scoring, or training for that sport. From something as seemingly-simple as the fabric for a uniform to high-speed cameras and biosensors, technology is essential to the way we experience sports, and engineers make all those technologies possible!

Topic

In your own words describe ONE technology used in a sport that you enjoy, and tell how different types of engineers contributed to its design and manufacture.  Explain why the technology was developed (What problem were the engineers trying to solve?). Explain the constraints engineers faced in developing a solution and why specific design choices were made (i.e., Would adding functionality make it too big or too fragile or would a stronger design be too expensive?). Describe the design process that engineers will use to improve the technology in the future. Include details about how different engineering disciplines may be involved in that process.

Organizer

EngineerGirl

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Prizes

All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl website. Winners will also 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 award but will be published on the EngineerGirl website.

Deadline

  • March, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST

Guidelines

  • All essays must be original work, and resources must be clearly cited. Guidelines for length are indicated below:

# Grades 3–5: 400 to 700 words

# Grades 6–8: 600 to 1100 words

# Grades 9–12: 1000 to 1500 words

The contest is open to individual girls and boys in each of three categories (Choose your category by current grade-level unless you are unsure of your grade. The ages can be used as guidelines for non-traditional and home-schooled students):

# 3rd grade to 5th grade (Ages 8-11)

# 6th grade to 8th grade (Ages 12-14)

# 9th grade to 12th grade (Ages 15-18)

  • If you are a prior winner and have received acash prize from EngineerGirl in any of the above grade categories, you may not enter again in the same age group.
  • Submit an essay that meets the requirements of the Contest Description through our Online Submission Form.
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of content, research, expression, and originality. You may wish to preview the 2015 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.
  • Management, employees and families of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) are prohibited from winning any prizes offered by

Inquiries

If you have an additional question about the contest rules, please see our Essay Contest Questions Page.

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