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Engineers Week (February 17-23, 2019) 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 2019 Essay Competition is no longer accepting submissions. See the winners below, and check back next January for a new essay competition prompt.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

2019 Problem Solving Prompt

  • The 2019 Engineers Week theme is Engineers: Invent Amazing. Think about a problem that you or someone you know faces every day in your community or neighborhood. State 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 student 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 13th by 5 p.m.

Submission

Please print out and complete the  K-5 student information form. Designs and information form can be mailed to:

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

or you can upload your design/information form on the google form.

  • Submissions are no longer being accepted for 2019.
  • View or print the Elementary School Problem Solving Competition flyer.

    2019 State Winners

    Kindergarten - Steven Heller (Cheat Lake Elementary)
    1st Grade - Vaylee Harper (North Fork Elementary)
    2nd Grade - Emily Gu (North Elementary)
    3rd Grade - Ridge Murdock (Trinity Christian School)
    4th Grade - Brennan Wyatt (North Fork Elementary)
    5th Grade - Jonas Turner (North Fork Elementary)


    MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

    2019 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.
    • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

    Submission

    • Submissions are no longer being accepted.

    You can view or print the middle school competition flyer.

    2019 State Winners

    6th Grade - Ryan Minchau (Mountaineer Middle)
    7th Grade - Zoey Radtka (Mountaineer Middle)
    8th Grade - Catey Thurston (Mountaineer 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.
    • Essays must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

    Submission

    • Submissions are no longer being accepted.
    You can view or print the high school competition flyer.
    2019 11th/12th Grade Winners
    County Winners
    Monongalia - Chase Atkinson (Home school)
    Ritchie- Zeke Davis (Ritchie County High School)
    Raleigh- Zach Waddell (Shady Spring High School)
    Hancock- Clayton Grubick (Weir High School)
    Regional Winners (Based on RESA)
    RESA 1 - Zach Waddell (Shady Spring High School)
    RESA 5 - Zeke Davis (Ritchie County High School) 
    RESA 6 - Clayton Grubick (Weir High School)

    RESA 7 - Chase Atkinson (Home school) 
    State Winner
    Zach Waddell (Shady Spring High School) 


    2019 9th/10th Grade Winner
    County Winner
    Cabell- Marlee Norris (Cabell Midland High School)
    Marion- Luke Hawranick (East Fairmont High School)
    Wood- Cecelia Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    Regional Winner (Based on RESA)
    RESA 2 - Marlee Norris (Cabell Midland High School)
    RESA 5 - Cecelia Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    RESA 7 -Luke Hawranick (East Fairmont High School)

    State Winner
    Cecelia Fatta (Parkersburg High School)

     


    QUESTIONS

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