2012 Food Engineering Guidelines

EngineerGirl! Food Engineering Essay Contest - 2012

Contest Description

Shopping at your local supermarket is a different experience today than it was even 50 years ago. Today the food we eat comes from around the world and is often already prepared in a wonderful variety of ways. Engineers are actively involved in every step of the process—they design the specialized machines used to plant and harvest crops and develop unique manufacturing processes to prepare, package, and transport foods in safe and secure ways.

Consider these popular foods:tomato 

  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream
  • Peanut butter
  • Potato chips
  • Sandwich bread
  • Spaghetti sauce

Grades 3-5: (No more than 500 words)
Choose one of the foods from the list and explain how it is produced, from the planting and harvesting of raw material to being ready to eat. Describe how engineers are involved in different steps of the process.

Grades 6-8: (No more than 750 words)
Choose one of the foods from the list and explain how it is produced, from the planting and harvesting of raw material to being ready to eat. Choose a technology critical to one or more steps in the process and explain how it works. Describe how different types of engineers (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) might have contributed to the design of the technology as well as key elements of that design.

Grades 9-12: (No more than 1500 words)
Choose one of the foods from the list and explain how it is produced, from the planting and harvesting of raw material to being ready to eat. Choose a technology critical to one or more steps in that process and explain how it works. Describe how different types of engineers (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) might have contributed to the design of the technology as well as key elements of that design. Talk about what engineers are currently doing to improve this technology. Be sure to include your references.

 

Contest Guidelines

Who Can Enter?

The contest is open to individual girls and boys in each of three categories (Choose your category by grade-level unless you are unsure of your grade):Bread

  • 3rd grade to 5th grade (Ages 8-11)
  • 6th grade to 8th grade (Ages 12-14)
  • 9th grade to 12th grade (Ages 15-18)

If you are a prior winner and have received a cash prize from EngineerGirl! in any of the above grade categories, you may not enter again in the same age group.

How Do I Enter?

Thank you for your interest in the essay contest. The online submission has been closed.

When Is the Deadline?

Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2012.

What Are the Awards?

All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl! website. (Please review our publication agreement before you submit your essay.  All finalists will be asked to fill out and return the publication agreement in order to advance to the final round of judging.) In addition, all winners will receive the prizes listed below:Fruit

  • First-place winners will be awarded $500.
  • Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
  • Third-place entries will be awarded $100.
  • Honorable Mention entries will not receive a cash award but will be published on the EngineerGirl! website.

Additional Rules

  • Essays will be judged on the basis of design content, research, expression, and originality. You may wish to preview the 2012 Contest Scorecord.
  • All essays must be the original work of the author submitting the entry and must not have been published anywhere else.
  • A contestant may enter only one essay.
  • No contestant may win more than once in a single age category.
  • All entries will be read by a panel of judges, whose selections will be final.
  • Management, employees and families of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) are prohibited from winning any prizes offered by EngineerGirl!
  • Entry in the contest grants the NAE non-exclusive rights to publish winning essays in full or in part on the EngineerGirl! website. (publication agreement)
  • Entries must be submitted using the Online Submission Form.
  • If you have a question about the contest rules, please see our Contest Questions and Answers Page.

Additional Links

You may want to look at some of these recommended links to begin thinking about how engineers are related to the food we eat.  If you are a teacher, this page also includes some great resources for the classroom.

Sponsorship

This year's contest is made possible by the generous support of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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