EngineerGirl! – Imagine That! Engineering Innovation Essay Contest

You can find the guidelines and related information about the contest on the EngineerGirl website

PROMPT: Have you ever wondered what goes through an engineer’s mind when she is designing a new product? It takes creativity as well as attention to details and design requirements. Often engineers will use an object as an example and then make improvements for safety, function, or attractiveness. Sometimes a design works best when it is simple, and other times it requires complicated calculations. Try your hand at evaluating your own engineering product. Start by choosing one of the three images below (on webpage). Then think about the object in the picture:

  • What is it? What do you think it might be used for?
  • What are the most important features of the design?
  • What was the engineer’s role in making this product and what engineering principles were used?

Who Can Enter?
The contest is open to individual girls and boys in each of three categories (Choose your category by grade level unless you are unsure of your grade.):

Ages 8-11 – 3rd grade to 5th grade

Ages 12-14 – 6th grade to 8th grade

Ages 15-18 – 9th grade to 12th grade

When Is the Deadline?
Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2009.


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