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Engineers Week (February 18-24, 2018) 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 prompts, judging schedule, and awards for each level below.

All submissions must be received by Wednesday, February 14 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

2018 Problem Solving Prompt
  • The 2018 Engineers Week them is Engineers: Inspiring Wonder. If you had unlimited money, time, and skills what is something you would create as an engineer? Describe and draw your creation. Explain what problem it solves. Make sure you label all parts of your design and you communicate the idea behind your engineering design. Do 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 the  K-5 student information form with submission.
  • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
  • Designs must be received no later than Wednesday, February 14th by 5 p.m.

Submission

Please print out and complete the  K-5 student information form. 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 14 by 5 p.m.
  • View or print the elementary competition flyer.

    2017 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

    2018 Writing Prompt
    • The 2018 Engineers Week theme is Engineers: Inspiring Wonder. How has the profession of engineering inspired you? 
    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, middle school students must submit their essay online.
    • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
    • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 14 at 5 p.m.
    Submission

    You can view or print the middle school competition flyer.

    2017 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

    2018  Writing Prompt
    • To many, WV is perceived only as an “energy state.” How could engineers help attract other industries to the state, or how can engineers draw more businesses in through the energy sector using new technology/practices?

    11th and 12th Grade

    2018  Writing Prompt
    • A problem plaguing WV is we are training/educating young professionals, and then they are leaving the state for other job opportunities. How could we bring more engineering companies in to the state to help ease 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, high school students must submit their essay online..
    • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
    • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 14 at 5 p.m.
    Submission

    You can view or print the high school competition flyer.

    2017 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)

    2017 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.