Engineering is a Dream Career Full Contest Details - Essay Contest 2004

EngineerGirl! Website Essay Contest
In Conjunction with National Engineers Week

Interested in ideas that could make a difference?
Interested in engineering?
Have an award-winning idea?

Enter the National Academy of Engineering EngineerGirl! Website Essay Contest

Engineers are dreamers. They think up things and figure out ways to make them happen. By the year 2020, engineers will have invented things and solved problems we can only dream about today.

The Challenge:
Do you see problems with the way we (1) communicate, (2) treat the environment, (3) protect our health, (4) protect ourselves, our country, our property and belongings, or (5) the way we travel?

Imagine that it’s 2020 and the problem has been solved. How? Has a new invention been created? Have new processes been developed?

First-place entries will be published on the EngineerGirl! website and will be awarded $250. Second-place entries will be awarded $150. Third-place entries will be awarded $100. The winners will be announced on April 24, 2004.

Who Can Enter?
The contest is open to individual girls and boys and teams of up to 6 students. There are two age categories: grades 4-8 and grades 9-12.

How Do I Enter?
Write an essay of preferably 500 words or less describing an engineering invention, or solution to a problem that would make a difference in one of the five categories listed above. Entries will be judged on their overall creativity. Deadline: Submit your essay by March 31, 2004.

How Do I Submit My Entry?
You can e-mail your essay to NAE at or send it on an IBM-formatted 3.5 disk by regular mail to: National Academy of Engineering EngineerGirl Essay Contest W1026 Keck Bldg. 500 5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 See the complete contest rules