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E-Week Essay Competition

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Engineers Week (February 16-22, 2020) 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.

The 2020 Essay Competition is no longer accepting submissions. The 2021 prompt will be announced in January 2021.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

2020 Problem Solving Prompt

  • The 2020 Engineers Week theme is Pioneers of Progress. Think about a challenge that West Virginia will face in the next ten years. State the problem, research the problem, then design and draw a device or process that will solve this problem to make West Virginia a better place. Include a technical drawing with all parts labeled and a detailed description that communicates the idea behind your engineering design/solution. 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 the K-5 information form with submissions that are mailed in. You can also upload to the online submission form.
  • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
  • Designs must be received no later than Wednesday, February 12th by 5 p.m.

2020 State Winners

Kindergarten-- no submission
1st Grade-- Genevieve Dye (St. Francis Central Catholic School)
2nd Grade--  Thomas White (St. Michael Parish School)
3rd Grade-- Mackenzie Morris (Cheat Lake Elementary)
4th Grade--  Jude Morris (Homeschool)
5th Grade-- Clara Hansen (Suncrest Elementary)

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

2020 Writing Prompt

  • Pick one Grand Challenge that you think would have the greatest impact on your community and propose a solution to help our state. 
  • You can learn about the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering at this link: http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges.aspx

Criteria

  • Must be a student in West Virginia in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (public school, private school, or home schooled).
  • Minimum of 1 page/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.
  • If you submitted an essay last year, you must pick a different grand challenge.
  • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 12 at 5 p.m.
2019 State Winners

6th Grade - Stella Carlson (Mountaineer Middle)
7th Grade -  Lyla Byers (Mountaineer Middle)
8th Grade -  Amelia Kuraeva (South Middle)

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade

  • Pick one Grand Challenge that you think would have the greatest impact on your community and propose a solution to help our state. 
  • You can learn about the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering at this link: http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges.aspx

Criteria

  • Must be a student in West Virginia 9th - 12th grade (public school, private school, or home schooled).
  • Length of essay --Minimum of 1 page/ 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 student must submit their essays online.
  • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
  • If you submitted an essay last year, you must pick a different grand challenge.
  • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 12 at 5 p.m.
2019 11th/12th Grade Winners
County Winners
Due to low participation, only a state winner was selected.
Regional Winners (Based on RESA)
Due to low participation, only a state winner was selected.
State Winner
Cece Fatta (Parkersburg High School)


2019 9th/10th Grade Winner
County Winner
No Submissions were received at the 9th/10th level
Regional Winner (Based on RESA)
No Submissions were received at the 9th/10th level

State Winner
No Submissions were received at the 9th/10th level

 


QUESTIONS

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