2021 EngineerGirl Writing Contest: A Salute to Engineering

January 13, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way humans work, learn, and play. Engineers across the globe have been challenged to face these changes head-on. Examples include protecting essential employees, setting up technologies to educate students virtually, developing medicines and vaccines, maintaining supply chains during business shutdowns, and keeping people connected in creative ways.

The 2021 EngineerGirl Writing Contest wants to hear from our youth about how the role of engineering has met and defeated the challenges presented by COVID-19.

How to Enter the Contest

Elementary School – Grades 3-5 (Limit 600 words) Write a letter to the editor of a local paper or community website that pays tribute to the contributions of engineers responding to the pandemic. You may include an original piece of artwork or graphic along with your letter.

Middle School – Grades 6-8 (Limit 650 words) Write a news story or blog post that illustrates the contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic. You may include one original image or graphic and up to five references in an annotated bibliography that will help support your story.

High School – Grades 9-12 (Limit 700 words) Write an essay that examines the vital contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic. You must include at least three, but no more than ten, references in an annotated bibliography to support your essay. You may also include one image or graphic that will help the reader understand your ideas.


First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each grade category.

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

Winning entries, along with honorable mentions, will be published on the EngineerGirl website.


To qualify for the contest, entries can be submitted via the Online Submission Form by February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Prior to participation, read over the official contest rules and regulations.

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