March 1 marked the beginning of the contest period for Engineering for You 3, a video contest administered by the National Academy of Engineering and sponsored by ExxonMobil. Entries are due by noon Eastern time on May 31.
The theme of this year’s contest is Mega-Engineering – multi-disciplinary projects affecting large populations or societies. People of most ages can enter, as there are four divisions: general public, middle school students, high school students, and higher education students. Entrants can come from individuals or teams, and they submit a 1-2 minute video along with the entry form. Here’s a promotional video to give some idea of what the contest organizers are looking for.
Successful entries will mind the following judging criteria, which will be used by a panel of engineering, media and entertainment professionals appointed by the President of the National Academy of Engineering:
- Creativity in the content selection and presentation;
- Anticipated breadth of public appeal and interest; and
- Effectiveness in describing a mega-engineering project and its impact on people and society
There is a grand prize of $25,000, and each division winner could receive a prize of up to $5,000. There is also a people’s choice award of $5,000. Winning videos will be part of the National Academy of Engineering meeting in October.