Poster Contest - 2013
Engineering Education Service Center (EESC) Fall 2013 Poster Contest!
The theme for the EESC’s 2013 poster contest is Engineering Innovation. You may enter up to three times. Posters should be fun, motivational, and inspire students to pursue a degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology or any other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.
2013 Engineering Innovation Winning Posters
First Place - Kevin Nunley, Portage Lakes Career Center, Green, OH
Second Place - Chang Min Oh, Cornell University
Honorable Mention - Amy Weber, Illinois Valley Community College
Honorable Mention - Desiree Brantner, Illinois Valley Community College
Most people don’t describe engineers as creative. Many people equate the word “creative” with being artists or writers. Engineers are just like artists except with a practical twist. They see a problem and apply creativity to find a solution.
Because consumers decided vacuuming was a problem, now we have the Roomba iRobot vacuum cleaner that automatically vacuums or mops floors while you do something more enjoyable. New homes often have vacuuming systems already installed in the walls or self-vacuuming kitchens, and Dyson engineers are always trying to design a better vacuum cleaner. In fact, a look at the advanced cleaning systems over the last 10 years further indicate just how frequently engineers are employed to find more innovative cleaning solutions. Scrubbing Bubbles self-cleans your bathtub daily, the Swifter wants to mop your kitchen, and portable power-washers allow the average consumer to clean the exterior of their home and property without any other special equipment. Think about a world without dishwashers, microwave ovens, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators or freezers. Without engineers, so many day-to-day chores would be much harder.
On other technology fronts, engineers are the ones who figure out how to make a roller coaster careen forward at 120mph in four seconds without injury. They are the ones who figure out how to make cars run on electricity or fuel cell technology to keep our atmosphere cleaner. They create medical equipment used by doctors to keep us healthy, and even work in the food industry to make foods such as chocolate and cereal taste better. Engineers have given us digital music, email and communications that fit into our pocket, and are hard at work to help save endangered animals from extinction, improve our environment and increase our safety.
Problem-solving has been the path by which some of the most amazing inventions and technologies have arrived in the market today. These inventions exist because one engineer had an idea. Look back at old pictures of the bicycle. People wanted the bicycle to go faster, to go up and down mountains and be more comfortable. The difference now is due to engineering. So that bikes could go off-road and through trails, engineers designed lightweight and stronger frames, along with shock absorbers, forks and wheels to take the punishment of off-road riding. When the cost of gas rose so much that more people wanted to ride bikes to work or school, engineers created a lightweight folding bicycle that could be carried into an office and unobtrusively stored or put into a school locker. When a faster bike was needed to win the Tour de France, engineers designed that too. Each year, engineers have gone back to the drawing board and made bicycles better. What will bicycles look like in another ten years? The future engineering workforce has the capacity to make the world a better place where people are safer, have more fun and can do more.
Winners will receive:
Grand Prize: $200 Cash, Second Place: $100 Cash, Third Place: $50 Cash
Honorable mentions to be awarded at judges' discretion.
All winners will also receive a certificate and inclusion in our Poster Artist Royalty Program.
All contestants should design their posters at 24"x36", 300 dpi and then save a copy that is 450x675 pixels @72 dpi for initial submission. Nothing is worse than being selected as a winner and not having your poster ready or worse yet, not being able to recreate what you made at a lower resolution. Be sure that each picture or element in your poster is also 300 dpi. The timeline from winning notification to submission is very tight (just a few days) so be ready if you are a winner.
Official Contest Rules:
1. Winning entries are those that best reflect the theme. Winners are selected based on creativity, imagination, and the ability to inspire from among qualified entries.
2. All qualified entries received by 11:59pm on November 1, 2013 are eligible for the prizes.
3. No purchase is necessary, Must be 18 or older to enter. If under 18, a parent or guardian must submit your poster on your behalf. Anyone can enter although contest is primarily for high school and college students. Elementary and middle school students can also enter.
4. This offer void where prohibited and is subject to all federal, state and local laws.
5. Previously published posters are not acceptable.
6. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries submitted.
7. Contestants must know the names and addresses of all identifiable people in their posters. In addition, all people in the poster must know that their image is being submitted in this contest.
8. Posters submitted that don’t meet the submission requirements will be disqualified.
9. All personal expenses incurred while producing the poster are the responsibility of the contestant.
10. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of notification. If not claimed, the prizes will be forfeited.
11. All artwork must be original and each winner must agree that his of her name, likeness, city, and winning poster may be used by the EESC for promotional and publication purposes without additional compensation. Prior to receiving prizes, each winner will be required to sign a release provided by the EESC to this effect and obtain a release or permission from anyone with proprietary rights in the winning poster. Refusal or inability to provide such releases will result in disqualification and all prizes will be forfeited.
12. The EESC reserves the right to cancel or suspend the contest should any cause beyond the control of the EESC affect the security, administration, fairness, integrity of the contest, or for any reason it deems appropriate, at its sole discretion.
13. Each contestant may enter up to three posters.