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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.

All submissions must be received by Wednesday, February 13 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

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 must be received no later than Wednesday, February 13 by 5 p.m.
  • View or print the Elementary School Problem Solving Competition flyer.

    2018 State Winners

    Kindergarten - Mathew Carothers (Meadow Bridge Elementary School)
    1st Grade - Barrett Phillips (Edgewood Elementary School)
    2nd Grade - Domenic Gizzi (Home School)
    3rd Grade - Amari Knights (North Elementary School)
    4th Grade - Talia Sampson (Kenna Elementary)
    5th Grade - Samantha Crook (Pinch 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

    You can view or print the middle school competition flyer.

    2018 State Winners

    6th Grade - Kaylee Wimer (West Preston Middle School)
    7th Grade - Samantha Rechter (Mountaineer Middle School)
    8th Grade - Rachel Shockley (Mountaineer Middle School)

    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

    You can view or print the high school competition flyer.
    2018 11th/12th Grade Winners
    County Winners
    Mercer - Aaron Craig (Pikeview High School)
    Monongalia - Marleah Knights (Morgantown High School)
    Mineral - Hunter Bennett (Frankfort High School)
    Randolph- Peyton Shields (Elkins High School)
    Regional Winners (Based on RESA)
    RESA 1 - Aaron Craig (Pikeview High School)
    RESA 7 - Marleah Knights (Morgantown High School)
    RESA 8 - Hunter Bennett (Frankfort High School)
    State Winners
    1st Place - Marleah Knights (Morgantown High School)
    2nd Place - Aaron Craig (Pikeview High School)
    3rd Place - Hunter Bennett (Frankfort High School)
    2018 9th/10th Grade Winner
    County Winner
    Barbour - Joshua Watson (Philip Barbour High School)
    Brooke - Riley McAllister (Brooke High School)
    Cabell - Marlee Norris Cabell Midland High School)
    Jefferson - Jacob Straley (Home School)
    Marion - Isaac Yoneda (Fairmont Senior High School)
    Mercer - Cody Hall (Princeton Senior High School)
    Monongalia - Hayden Atkinson (Home School)
    Preston - Ethan Wimer (Preston High School)
    Wood - Cecelia Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    Regional Winner (Based on RESA)
    RESA 1 - Cody Hall (Princeton Senior High School)
    RESA 2 - Marlee Norris (Cabell Midland High School)
    RESA 5 - Cecelia Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    RESA 6 - Riley McAllister (Brooke High School)
    RESA 7 - Ethan Wimer (Preston High School)
    RESA 8 - Jacob Straley (Home School)
    State Winner
    1st Place - Riley McAllister (Brooke High School)
    2nd Place - Cecelia Fatta (Parkersburg High School)
    3rd Place - Ethan Wimer (Preston High School)

    QUESTIONS

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