If you have to be stranded somewhere with someone, you might want to hope you are stranded with an engineer. Engineers think big and solve problems with whatever resources they have available so they would be great companions on a deserted island. Try this exercise to see if you can think like an engineer:
During a field trip to a national wildlife refuge (or national forest), you and a friend get separated from the rest of the group and realize that you are totally lost.
Your guide told you earlier that if you get lost: stay where you are, stay safe, and wait for someone to find you. It's getting late, and the temperature is dropping. When you dump out the contents of your backpack you see the following:
Items in the environment include:
In your essay, describe how you would use the contents of your backpack along with clothing or accessories you are wearing and items in your environment (Use no more than 3 items that are not included in the backpack.) to address ONE of the following challenges:
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):
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.
Write an essay which addresses the requirements in the contest description. Essays should be written clearly. They may be shorter than, but should not exceed, the word limit listed below:
Submit your essay through the Online Submission Form on the EngineerGirl! website, and include all required information.
Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2010.
All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl! website. (Please review our publication agreement before you submit your essay.) In addition, all winners will receive the prizes listed below:
If you are interested in using curriculum materials in your classroom that will enhance the contest experience for your students, this list of suggested educational resources may be helpful.
The 2010 EngineerGirl! Contest is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and Bechtel.