Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 EngineerGirl essay competition! This year’s essay contest was held as the National Academy of Engineering celebrates its 50th anniversary. We asked students to describe how engineering has addressed societal needs in the past 50 years and suggest ways that engineering will impact society in the next 50 years.
“This year’s essay competition supports beautifully the 50th anniversary celebration of the NAE. The contestants present their ideas for the most important impacts of engineering on our lives they expect over the next half century, “ said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “It is inspiring to see young people be so passionate about engineering, and dreaming about a future that they will create.”
Prizes were awarded to students in three categories based on grade level. Cora Oldfield, a fifth-grader from Amherst, N.Y., placed first among third- to fifth-grade students for her essay on engineering efforts toward preventing and treating malaria. Eighth-grader Ruth Hammond from H.H. Poole Middle School in Virginia, won first place among entries from grades six to eight for her explanation of the wide-ranging roles engineers play in the field of nutrition. Among 9th- to 12th-graders, Isabella Lee, a 10th-grade student at Illinois Math and Science Academy in Springfield, IL., placed first for her narrative essay about the advancements in surgical procedures that rely on engineering.
To read the essays and see more winners and finalists check out the winners' page.