Engineers are essential to the way we live. They help to keep us safe and healthy, make sure we have enough to eat, get us from one place to another, and they even shape the way we play. Consider your favorite sport, and then think about all the different kinds of technologies that are used in playing, scoring, or training for that sport. From something as seemingly-simple as the fabric for a uniform to high-speed cameras and biosensors, technology is essential to the way we experience sports, and engineers make all those technologies possible!
NAE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY ESSAY CONTEST (3-12 grades)
Deadline: March 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST
Contest Information: www.engineergirl.org/GetThere/Contest/2015contest.aspx
-In your own words describe ONE technology used in a sport that you enjoy, and tell how different types of engineers contributed to its design and manufacture. Explain why the technology was developed (What problem were the engineers trying to solve?). Explain the constraints engineers faced in developing a solution and why specific design choices were made (i.e., Would adding functionality make it too big or too fragile or would a stronger design be too expensive?). Describe the design process that engineers will use to improve the technology in the future. Include details about how different engineering disciplines may be involved in that process.
-Essay length: Grades 3-5–400-700 words, grades 6-8–600-1100 words, grades 9-12–1000-1500 words.
Award: $100-500 (Multiple awards)