2018 CESASC Student STEM Essay Contest: Future Technology That Can Improve Human Life

2018 CESASC Student STEM Essay Contest: Future Technology That Can Improve Human Life

The Chinese-American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California (CESASC) invites 6th to 12th grade students to participate in the 2018 "Future Technology That Can Improve Human Life" essay competition. The competition is divided into two groups; Group one is for 6th to 8th grade students and Group two is from 9th to 12th grade students.

This contest is intended to help students develop their interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to bring together writing and creative skills from young minds in context of future technology. A student may choose any technology that impacts human life. For example, a student may choose diagnostic instruments that can help friends or relatives who need diabetic medication on a daily basis.

1. Who Can Enter
The contest is open to all 6th to 12th grade students who are currently registered in a U.S. school.

Please contact us for International Student Category.   

2. How to Enter
Entries must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf format to CESASC.stem2@gmail.com. A scanned copy of the signed Official Entry Form must accompany all electronic submissions. Please put “2018 ESFT Contest” in the subject line.  The Official Entry Form is available in the attachment.

3. Contest Rules
Each submission must meet the following rules:

  1. Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the student entering the contest.
  2. Entries must be typed in English.
  3. The essay must consist of three parts:
    •    a. Name of the technology
    •    b. A 400-500 words essay that describes how it works and how it may contribute to improvement of human life.
    •    c. A drawing that illustrates what the technology looks like. It should be labeled for clarity.
  4. Each student may submit only one entry.
  5. Revisions of a submission will be accepted once the original is submitted for consideration, but once an entry is submitted, a new topic will not be accepted.
  6. A complete Official Entry Form must be submitted with the essay.
  7. All entries must be received by the submission deadline.
  8. Submission of an entry constitutes a consent to the use of the entrant’s name and/ or photograph, including posting on the CESASC website without compensation.

4. Winner Selection and Prizes
All eligible entries will be judged by a panel of scientists, engineers, and educators, and based on the following criteria: (1) originality of idea; (2) originality and creative quality of essay; (3) clarity of the presentation; (4) writing ability and content; (5) significance of technology; (6) relevance to the topic “Future Technology That Can Improve Human Life.”.

Extra credit will be considered for any essay supported by a experiment/demonstration.  

Each group awards include the following prizes:

  • 1st place -  $500 and a trophy
  • 2nd place - $250 and a trophy
  • 3rd place -  $100 and a trophy

Each qualified winner will be notified by email and/or telephone using the contact information provided in the Official Entry Form at the time of entry.

Winners’ names will be announced publicly through CESASC website and social media accounts, and their families will be invited to present their winning entries and receive the prizes at the CESASC 56th Annual Convention on April 14, 2018.

Important Dates and Deadlines

January 1, 2018 – Start of Contest
March 24, 2018 – Submission Deadline 
March 30, 2018 – Winners Notified and Announced
April 14, 2018 – Winning Entries Presentation and Public Award Ceremony

For more information, please contact Mr. Yiu Man So at CESASC.stem2@gmail.com.

 2018年南加州中華科工學會中學生STEM徵文大賽: “可以改善人類生活面貌的未來科技

簡介: 南加州中華科工學會邀請6 至12 年級中學生參與2018 年“可以改善人類生活面貌的未來科技”徵文比賽。這項比賽分為兩個組別, 第一組是 6 至 8 年級的學生, 第二組則是 9 至12 年級的學生。這項比賽的用意是讓孩子們在科學,技術,工程,數學(STEM)等領域開發自己的潛力與興趣,同時也提高年輕學子在對未來科技觀察的寫作和表達能力。學生可以自由選擇任何可能影響人類生活(如每天 需要哮喘/糖尿病藥物的朋友或親戚)的科技項目(如健康的對話性工具或環境便利車輛).

ㄧ. 參賽資格

美国区參賽者必須是目前在美國就讀6-12年級的學生​。 

 

二. 參賽方式

參賽者必須以MS Words或 Adobe PDF 文檔提交相關資料。 另外, 掃描一份簽名的正式報名表, ㄧ起提報。所有材料須用電子郵件方式提交至 CESASC.stem2@gmail.com。 請將”2018 ESFT Contest”做為電子檔案主題。 正式报名表請見附件。

三. 參賽規則

每個參賽作品必須符合以下條件:
1. 參賽作品必須是參賽學生的原始的, 並且是未曾發表過的作品。
2. 參賽作品必須是用英語電腦打字完成。
3. 參賽作品(Essay)必須由三部分組成:

(1) 科技項目的名稱
(2) 一個400-500 字的文章,說明該項目將如何有效運作, 並如何改善人類生活。
(3) 繪出完整的項目技術示意圖 。為清楚起見,請做出相關標示。

4. 每個學生只可以提交一個參賽項目。

5. ㄧ旦參賽作品提報並被接受後, 不得更換新的參賽內容。

6. 報名表和論文須一起完整提報。

7. 所有參賽作品必須在報名截止日前被收到。

8. 所有報名參賽者, 在提報參賽的同時, 等於允許主辦單位CESASC官網有權無償使用參賽者的姓名與照片。

四. 獎品 所有參賽作品將由ㄧ群科學家, 工程師, 和教育家組成的評審團, 基於下列條件做出評判:(1)獨創性(2)論文的原創性和突破性; (3)創意的呈現流暢度;(4 )寫作能力和內容;(5)技術的創新性;(6)與”改善人類生活面貌的未來科技”主題的相關度。

任何文章如有實驗/示範的支持會有加分的機會。

每組的獎項

  • 第1 名 - $500 及獎杯一座
  • 第2 名 - $250 元及獎杯一座
  • 第3 名 - $100 及獎杯一座

主辦單位將依照參賽者所提供的連絡資料, 以email或電話發出通知。 獲勝者的姓名將被公佈於CESASC官網以及相關社群網站。 獲勝者與家人將被邀請出席2018年4月14日的CESASC第56屆年會並領獎。

重要日期和截止日期

2018年1月1日 - 比賽開始
2018年3月24日 - 提交截止日期
2018年3月30日 - 獲獎通知和公告
2018年4月14日- 得獎作品演示和公共頒獎典禮

欲了解更多信息及中国区學生的參賽程序,請聯繫STEM評委會的蘇耀民先生 (CESASC.stem2@gmail.com)。