Stories Engineered to Inspire

2019 Note to Educators

Dear Educator,

Every year EngineerGirl hosts a writing contest to encourage students, grades 3-12, to investigate engineering and the ways that it shapes our world. Our hope is that the competition can spark discussion and activities that can enhance or extend the material you are already teaching.

In 2019, we are asking students to submit a work of creative fiction that celebrates engineering design and problem solving.  Because this year's format is more open-ended than a traditional writing project, we hope it will find its way into more classrooms. If you would like to work the EngineerGirl writing contest into a class project we have a number of suggestions for helping you guide students toward crafting a quality submission.

If you are unable to engage your entire class or group in a project, we hope that you will consider promoting the contest to students in your sphere of influence. Here are some simple things that you can do:

  • Promote the essay contest to students and families.
    You can provide links to the EngineerGirl site on classroom websites or newsletters to let children and parents know about the contest.
  • Encourage students who could benefit most from the experience.
    Some students, who may think they aren’t smart enough or don’t have any experience with engineering, may need a little encouragement to get over their lack of confidence. Participation in the contest could open up entirely new futures to these students.
  • Help arrange access to computers or the Internet for students who may not otherwise be able to participate.
    Research, brainstorming, and writing of submissions can all be done using library resources, local expertise, and individual creativity – no internet required. However, the contest submission forms are only available online.

We would love to hear from you! If you work in any way with students participating in the contest, consider sharing your experience with EngineerGirl.  You may offer feedback during the contest period via our Contest Feedback Form, but we would also love to receive more specific feedback regarding your own experiences with the competition.  Consider writing an email to EngineerGirl@nae.edu to tell us how you use the contest with your students.

And finally, thank you for all that you do for your students and for your support and encouragement on this project!

Sincerely,

The EngineerGirl Team