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2017 EngineerGirl Essay Contest - Engineering and Animals

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. The theme of the 2017 contest is Engineering and Animals.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) maintains a list, known as the IUCN Red List, which ranks the conservation status of thousands of species.  For your essay, choose an animal that is ranked by IUCN as either: vulnerableendangered, or critically endangered. Learn about the animal and consider how engineering might improve life for that species.  

Guidelines for length:  

  • Grades 3–5: 400 to 700 words
  • Grades 6–8: 600 to 1100 words
  • Grades 9–12: 1000 to 1500 words


Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields.

Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Effectiveness in communicating ideas and fully addressing the requirements of the contest;
  2. Accurate research and analytical thinking;
  3. Creativity and originality in the content selection and presentation



Winners in each grade category will receive the prizes listed below:

  • First-place winners will be awarded $500.
  • Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
  • Third-place entries will be awarded $100.

All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl website.
Honorable Mention entries will not receive a cash award but will be published on the EngineerGirl website.

Submit your essay online by February 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm EST.

For more information and to enter visit: http://www.engineergirl.org/32376.aspx


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