SOUTHFIELD—Middle school and high school students are invited to solve the technological challenges of tomorrow as part of Lawrence Technological University’s celebration of National Engineers Week.

The LTU E-Week Challenge asks students to submit a written essay of up to 500 words or a one-minute video on solving a scientific, engineering, or technological challenge.

The entries can be in one of three tracks:

Entrants must be a student in a Michigan public, private, or home school in grades 6 through 12, with middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) entries judged separately. A student team of up to four members may submit a joint entry for the first two tracks above. In those tracks, designs will be judged by LTU students and faculty on creativity, problem solving technique, quality of communication, and the reason for the solution.

For the third essay track, entries will be judged by LTU students and faculty on inspirational and motivational value, description of societal needs, and explanation of a path to achieve career goals.

In all tracks, sources must be cited, and plagiarized entries will be disqualified immediately.

The deadline for entry is Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Entrants must use the online submission form at https://www.ltu.edu/stem-center/competition-submissions.asp.

The top three winners among the middle school and high school entries will be announced at a virtual Pi Day celebration on Tuesday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. The first place winner at the high school level will receive a free session at an LTU Summer Camp, a $950 value. Second and third place winners will receive an LTU laboratory experience. All winners will receive recognition in LTU newsletters and web sites, and all entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

More about the competition at https://www.ltu.edu/stem-center/competition.asp. The event is sponsored by the LTU College of Engineering and the LTU Marburger STEM Center.

Engineers Week 2021 is dedicated to the education of the future diverse and inclusive engineering workforce by increasing the awareness of engineering and technology careers. E-Week was created by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951 and this year is celebrated from Sunday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 27.

More about Lawrence Tech’s NAE Grand Challenges program at https://www.ltu.edu/arts_sciences/grandchallenge.asp.