The US National Academy of Engineering announced the winners of its 2011 EngineerGirl! national essay contest.
Competitors were asked to describe an item that is used for disaster relief, explain some of the engineering behind its design, and suggest how it could be used in a different disaster relief scenario. Winning essays included descriptions of a solar tent that provides shelter and power, a pressure pump used to speed wound healing, free-fall lifeboats to help with disabled ships, and a lighted search camera and communication system used to locate disaster victims under debris. More than 900 students in grades three through 12 submitted essays, and prizes were awarded to students in three age categories.