Improving our Health

Egirl   Team Posted on July 31, 2013 by Egirl Team
Improving our Health

The National Academy of Engineering congratulates the winners of EngineerGirl's 2013 essay competition.

This year’s national contest asked students in grades three to 12 to explain how engineering is essential to the treatment or prevention of five diseases outlined by the World Health Organization as leading causes of death throughout the globe. Older students were also asked to identify the different types of engineers who have contributed to technological advancement in health care and suggest ways that engineering may change the future prevention or treatment of the disease. Prizes were awarded to students in three categories based upon grade level.

“This year’s essay participants not only provided wonderful explanations about the special contributions of engineering to human health, but a wealth of relief and inspiration for tomorrow as well,” said NAE President Dan Mote. “It is so inspiring and reassuring to see the enthusiasm of young people for the importance of engineering to human health and people that I feel confident the innovators of our future are among us.”

Sydney Ricks, a fifth-grader from Nansemond Parkway Elementary School in Suffolk, Va., placed first among third- to fifth-grade students for her explanation of how the engineering behind the robotic glove has advanced rehabilitation for stroke victims in her essay “Stroke Survivors Get a New Grip on Life.”

Stacey Edmonsond, an eighth-grader at Bernard Campbell Middle School in Lee's Summit, Mo., won first place among entries from sixth- to eighth-grade students for her essay titled “Robots: Therapy of the Future,” which described the different types of robotic therapy that have been made available with the help of engineers.

Among ninth- to 12th-graders, Samira Bandaru, an 11th-grade student from Hopkins School in New Haven, Conn., placed first for her essay called “The Mechanical Heart,” which explained the roles of engineers in the development of the mechanical heart.

You can read all of the winning essays on EngineerGirl or review the contest description to see the requirements.

Awards ranged from $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Certificates were given for honorable mentions.

Additional winners are listed below:

Grades three to five:

Grades six to eight:

  • Second Place: Saisha Agrawal, in eighth grade at Thornton Junior High School in Lee's Summit, Mo., for “Look, I Can Breathe!
  • Third Place: Kira Woods, in eighth grade at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colo., for “Let the Blood Flow
  • Honorable Mention: Katie Spangler, in sixth grade at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Lovelend, Ohio, for “Heart Disease

Grades nine to 12:

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