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.
Understanding that technology and history are not mutually exclusive subjects, IEEE REACH provides history teachers with free educational resources that situate science, technology, and engineering in their social and humanistic contexts.
The PBS/NOVAweb seriesThe Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers provides humanizing snapshots of scientists who are shaping our world. Students will learn about cutting-edge science and engineering, the amazing people who do that work, and the activities they engage in when their lab coats come off.