Engineering essay-writing contest

People aged between 14 and 24 are invited to take part in an essay-writing competition that is intended to raise the profile of engineering and technology among young people.

Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Bosch Technology Horizons Award is an essay-writing competition, open to all people aged between 14 and 24. Now in its fifth year, the competition is aimed at raising the profile of engineering and technology among young people.

Entrants are asked to write a short essay in answer to a question that encourages them to explore a wide range of engineering and technology topics. Bosch has chosen the question as: ‘Is engineering and technology essential for future development?’

By selecting an area they are passionate about, entrants get to test their writing skills and provide their opinion on the impact that engineering and technology has on their chosen subject.

The competition has two age categories: 14-18 and 19-24. The first-place winner of the younger age group will receive £700 and the second-place winner will receive £350. There will also be five ‘highly commended’ finalists who will be awarded £150 each. For the second age group of 19-24-year-olds, the winning essay will win a top prize of £1,000, with second prize of £500, and the five highly commended finalists will each receive £250.

The deadline to enter the Bosch Technology Horizons Award is 22 March 2010 and all the finalists will be invited to attend a presentation day in July 2010 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, where they can meet leaders in the world of science and technology.

The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, an institution that brings together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.

Chief executive of the academy Philip Greenish said: ‘Advances in engineering have formed the cornerstone of civilisation and responsible development in the future will rely heavily on engineers and technologists.

‘The greatest challenges we face today – addressing climate change, providing sufficient energy and food and ensuring proper healthcare – all depend on engineering skills and technical expertise.

‘There are many excellent examples in medicine of the vital role of engineering – modern hip replacements and heart-valve repairs would be impossible without the amazing skill of the engineering teams that designed and continue to improve them,’ he added.

Individuals who wish to enter the Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2010 can submit their essays online from 2 November 2009.

Full information on the competition, along with resources for teachers and advice on how to structure a winning essay, can be found at: http://www.bosch.co.uk/technologyhorizons/