Every year EngineerGirl hosts a writing contest to encourage students in grades 3–12 to investigate how engineering shapes their world. The competition is intended to spark discussion and activities that can enhance or extend the material already in the curriculum. This year EngineerGirl wants to inspire students to think about the future of learning and education, as well as ways engineers can help design and shape that future. To participate in the contest, students submit works of creative fiction based on the writing prompt for their age group. Middle and high school students also need to submit an “Engineer’s Note” about their education system. This year’s format creates opportunities to discuss communities, technology, and lifelong learning. It provides a way to incorporate engineering design and creative problem solving into a language arts or social studies project. To help teachers integrate the writing contest into a class project, EngineerGirl offers suggestions for guiding students through the process of creating a quality submission. In each grade category, first-place winners will be awarded $500; second-place entries, $250; and third-place entries, $100. All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl website. Honorable Mention entries will not receive a cash award but will be published on the EngineerGirl website.
Students who enter the Fluor Engineering Challenge have the chance to explore firsthand what it means to be an engineer and to collaborate with others to solve a problem and improve a solution. The Fluor Challenge is open to students in kindergarten through grade 12.
The Museum of Science, Boston, develops exhibits, programs, and curricula that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem solvers. The museum offers seven engineering curricula (preK–12): “We Engineer,” “EiE for Kindergarten,” “Engineering is Elementary,” “Engineering Adventures,” “Engineering Everywhere,” “Building Math,” and “Engineering the Future.
Electronics company RS Components in the UK has launched Imagine-X, a series of free curriculum-aligned resources that link STEM subjects to real people who have used their skills to make the world a better place—to broaden horizons, empower the disadvantaged, and diversify life choices.