Most of humankind’s biggest endeavors depend on engineering to create solutions that span disciplines, geographies, and cultural boundaries. Some of these mega engineering projects have already been accomplished, while others have yet to even be imagined.
Some examples include:
* Human travel to Mars
* New large-scale energy sources like fusion
* Engineering better medicines and access to medical care
* Economically sweeping the oceans of plastic waste
* Creating remarkable tools of scientific discovery like the Large Hadron Collider
* Building sustainable cities
The National Academy of Engineering invites participants to create and submit a 1- to 2-minute video focused on Mega-Engineering. Mega-engineering projects typically address important needs of large populations and/or societies, require teams working across countries and cultures on a solution, and involve at least three disciplines including engineering.
Videos should expand the way people think about engineering and how it is involved in solving large-scale global challenges. Submitted videos should
(a) introduce a particular mega-engineering project,
(b) highlight its importance/ contribution to people and society, and
(c) suggest contributions to its development.
Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.
The competition is open to all individuals or teams in the following four competition categories:
1. Middle School students and younger (grades K-8)
2. High School students (grades 9-12)
3. Tertiary Education students (2-year college through graduate school, part- or full-time)
4. The General Public
The “Best Video Overall” will be awarded $25,000.
The top videos in each of the four competition categories are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.
People’s Choice Award
There’s a “People’s Choice Award” of $5,000.
Winning Submissions will be featured on the NAE web site and the NAE contest website and will be shown at the 2016 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting in October 2016.