2021 CESASC Student STEM Essay Contest: The Future Development and Survival of Humanity

2021 CESASC Student STEM Essay Contest: The Future Development and Survival of Humanity

The Chinese-American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California (CESASC) invites 6th to 12th grade students to participate in the 2021 "The Future Development and Survival of Humanity" essay competition. 

A recent study (https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4434/9/1/5/htm) suggests that among the billion trillion stars in our universe and more than 13 billion years since the beginning, none civilizations has reached the level of technology and growth that substantially colonized our solar system or systems nearby. The study also concludes that the probability of self-annihilation is the most influential parameter determining the quantity and age of galactic intelligent life.

The 2021 essay contest topic encompasses a combination of physical science and social science reasoning to address the interdisciplinary nature of this puzzle. In your essay, discuss your ideas of paths for our civilization to grow and survive in the future.

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. discuss your ideas to outline science, technology and cultural development for your and future generations. 

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 at HERE 

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 Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the student entering the contest.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 or social program
    •    b. A 400-500 words essay that describes how it works and how it may contribute to improvement of human life or how human civilization can survive in the future.
    •    c. A drawing that illustrates what the technology / social program 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 “The Future Development and Survival of Humanity”.

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

There will be two groups: High school (9th ~ 12th grade) group and middle school (6th - 8th grade) group.

High school group awards include the following prizes:

  • 1st place -  $500 and a certificate
  • 2nd place - $300 and a certificate
  • 3rd place -  $200 and a certificate

Middle school group awards include the following prizes:

  • 1st place -  $200 and a certificate
  • 2nd place - $100 and a certificate

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 59th Annual Convention on May 22, 2021.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Feb 27, 2021 – Start of Contest
Apr 18, 2021 – Submission Deadline 
April 25, 2021 – Winners Notified and Announced
May 22, 2021 – Winning Entries Presentation and Public Award Ceremony

For more information, please contact Dr. Jonathan Jiang or Dr. Jessie Zhan at CESASC.stem2@gmail.com.

 2021年南加州中華科工學會中學生STEM徵文大賽: “展望未來科技发展与人类文明存亡”

簡介: 南加州中華科工學會邀請6至12年級中學生參與2021年“展望未來科技发展与人类文明存亡”徵文比賽。這項比賽的用意是讓孩子們在科學,技術,工程,數學(STEM)以及社会人文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与社会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的科技項目或者是人类社会未来存亡的思考.

ㄧ. 參賽資格


二. 參賽方式


三. 參賽規則

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) 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或永续人类文明。
(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. 一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”未來科技社会发展与人类存亡”主題的相關度。

高中組(9  ~ 12 年级)的獎項

  • 第1 名 - $500 及獎状
  • 第2 名 - $300 元及獎状
  • 第3 名 - $200 及獎状

初中組(6 ~ 8年级)的獎項

  • 第1 名 - $200 及獎状
  • 第2 名 - $100 元及獎状

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2021年5月22日的CESASC第59屆年會並領獎。


2021年2月27日 - 比賽開始
2021年4月18日 - 提交截止日期
2021年4月25日 - 獲獎通知和公告
2021年5月22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STEAM評委會的 Dr. Jonathan Jiang or Dr. Jessie Zhan  (CESASC.stem2@gmail.com)。