No. References should be included, and they will not be counted against the final word limit. The title also does not count toward the word limit.
Registration for the Society of Women Engineers' 2016 Invent It Build It program in Philadelphia, PA is open now. This is a hands-on engineering event, for middle and high school girls with an informational program for parents and educators Be sure to go to the SWE website to sign up and reserve your space!
IIBI Registration on the SWE website