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Engineers Week (February 19-25, 2017) is a national, annual celebration of how engineers make a difference in our world, with goals to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and to bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents. This year, WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is sponsoring an essay/problem solving competition for West Virginia K-12 students. You can see the prompt, judging schedule, and awards for each level below.

All submissions must be received by Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by email and announced on social media. Make sure to follow the Statler College on  Twitter and  Facebook


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Problem Solving Prompt
  • Think about a problem or challenge that you or someone you know encounters every day at school. State the problem, then design and draw a device or process that will solve this problem. Include a technical drawing with all parts labeled and a detailed description that communicates the idea behind your engineering design. Make sure to do your research and think outside the box!

Criteria

  • Must be a student in West Virginia in Kindergarten through 5th grade (public school, private school, or home schooled).
  • Must include labeled drawing and description of solution.
  • Designs will be judged on creativity, problem solving technique, and explanation of solution.
  • To be eligible for judging, students must print and complete this form with submission.
  • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
  • Designs must be received no later than Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.

Submission

Please print out and complete the information form located at this link. Designs and information form must be mailed to:

E-Week Design Competition
C/O Cate Schlobohm
PO Box 6101
Morgantown, WV 26506

or you can scan your design/information form and email it to Cate Schlobohm.

  • Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.
  • You can view or print the elementary competition flyer here.

    State Winners

    Kindergarten - Lex Duling (Trinity Christian School)
    1st Grade- No Submissions
    2nd Grade- Elizabeth Esposito (Suncrest Elementary School)
    3rd Grade- Stella Carlson (Eastwood Elementary School)
    4th Grade- Natalie Esposito (Suncrest Elementary School)
    5th Grade- Camryn Lawless (Shady Spring Elementary School)


    MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

    Writing Prompt
    • As WVU celebrates its 150th birthday, we are looking to the future. Describe an engineering achievement that you think will occur in the next 150 years and how it will impact WV.
    Criteria
    • Must be a student in West Virginia in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (public school, private school, or home schooled).
    • Maximum of 3 pages, double-spaced.
    • Essays will be judged on quality of writing, with a focus on student's main idea and creativity.
    • To be eligible for judging, students must submit their essay online at this link.
    • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
    • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.
    Submission
    • Middle school essays can be submitted at this link.
    • Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.

    You can view or print the middle school competition flyer here.

    State Winners

    6th Grade- Ethan Brunet-Bailey (Mountaineer Middle School)
    7th Grade- Anissa Molnar (Mountaineer Middle School)
    8th Grade- Aubrey Metz (Mountaineer Middle School)


    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    9th and 10th Grade

    Writing Prompt
    • As WVU celebrates its 150th birthday this year, a lot has changed in this state. What do you think has been the most important engineering feat within the state in the past 150 years and why?

    11th and 12th Grade

    Writing Prompt
    • What is a current problem facing West Virginia citizens, and how can engineers help to solve this problem?
    Criteria
    • Must be a student in West Virginia 9th - 12th grade (public school, private school, or home schooled).
    • Length of essay -- Maximum of 3 pages, double-spaced
    • Essays will be judged on quality of writing, with a focus on student's main idea and creativity.
    • To be eligible for judging, students must submit their essay online at this link.
    • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
    • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.
    Submission
    • High school essays can be submitted at this link.
    • Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m.

    You can view or print the high school competition flyer here.

    11th/12th Grade Winners:
    County Winners
    Cabell- Jonathan Merchant (Huntington High School)
    Greenbrier- Shannon Brunzo-Hager (Greenbrier West High School)
    Harrison- Phillip Bailey (Bridgeport High School)
    Marion- Joren Cloutier (Fairmont Senior High School)
    Raleigh- Brennan Lawless (Shady Spring High School)
    Randolph- Peyton Shields (Elkins High School)
    Wood- Anna Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    Regional Winners (Based on RESA)
    RESA 1- Brennan Lawless (Shady Spring High School)
    RESA 2- Jonathan Merchant (Huntington High School)
    RESA 4- Shannon Brunzo-Hager (Greenbrier West High School)
    RESA 5- Anna Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    RESA 7- Peyton Shields (Elkins High School)
    State Winners
    1st Place- Shannon Brunzo-Hager (Greenbrier West High School)
    2nd Place- Anna Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    3rd Place- Peyton Shields (Elkins High School)

    9th/10th Grade Winner:
    County Winner
    Marion- Ezra Yoneda (Fairmont Senior High School)
    Regional Winner (Based on RESA)
    RESA 7-Ezra Yoneda (Fairmont Senior High School)
    State Winner
    1st Place- Ezra Yoneda (Fairmont Senior High School)


    QUESTIONS

    If you have any questions about the WVU E-Week high school essay competition,  please email our outreach coordinator, Cate Schlobohm.