Engineers Week 2021 is dedicated to the education of the future diverse and inclusive engineering workforce by increasing the awareness of engineering and technology careers. E-Week was created by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951 and this year it is celebrated from Sunday, February 21, 2021 to Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Middle school and high school students are invited to celebrate with us! Lawrence Tech's College of Engineering and the Marburger STEM Center are sponsoring an E-Week Challenge.


What is the E-Week Challenge?

Students can submit a written essay (limit 500 words) or a 1-minute video essay in one of the three tracks:

  1. A solution to address one NAE Grand Challenges for Engineers
  2. A science or engineering related competition solution or innovation
  3. A motivational story about why a STEM career is for you

Learn more about NAE Grand Challenges for Engineers or about Lawrence Tech’s program.


How to participate?

Criteria for Track 1 and 2:

  • Must be a student in Michigan in grade 6 through 12 (public school, private school, or home schooled).
  • A student or a student team (2-4) may submit an entry for consideration. High school team entries will compete in Group A and Middle School team entries will compete in Group B.
  • Must include labeled drawing (video/screen shot of simulation acceptable) and description of solution.
  • Designs will be judged on creativity, problem solving technique, quality of communication, and reason for solution.
  • To be eligible for judging, students must upload to the online submission form.
  • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
  • Designs must be received no later than Saturday, February 27, by 5 p.m.

Criteria for Track 3:

  • Must be a student in Michigan in grade 6 through 12 (public school, private school, or home schooled).
  • A student or a student team (2-4) may submit an entry for consideration. High school team entries will compete in Group A and Middle School team entries will compete in Group B.
  • Entries will be judged on inspirational and motivational value, description of societal needs, and explanation of a path to achieve the career goals.
  • To be eligible for judging, students must upload to the online submission form.
  • Sources must be cited. Plagiarized entries will immediately be disqualified.
  • Designs must be received no later than Saturday, February 27, by 5 p.m

Are there Awards?

Top three winners of each of the middle school and high school entries will be announced during a virtual π-day celebration on Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

Awards for top three High School entries (Group A):

  • Recognition: Lawrence Tech News and announcement forwarded to your school
  • 1st Place: 2021 Summer Camp with Residential Experience
  • 2nd and 3rd Place: A Day in the Lab with Students (multiple options)
  • All: Certificate of Participation

Awards for top three Middle School entries (Group B):

  • Recognition: Lawrence Tech News and announcement forwarded to your school
  • 1st – 3rd Place: A Day in the Lab with Students (multiple options)
  • All: Certificate of Participation

Campus visits will follow any COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

Where do I submit?