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.
TheJames Dyson Foundation has created 44 freeengineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic The activities range from making a balloon-powered car to building a bridge from spaghetti.
On February 20, 2020, DiscoverE’sGirl Day, thousands of people—engineers, educators, and others—will act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and educate girls about how engineers change the world. Key findings from DiscoverE’s reportDespite the Odds found that this simple formula helps girls develop an interest in engineering, builds confidence in their problem-solving skills, and creates a STEM identity.