In honor of National Inventors Month in August, Inventors Digest Magazine and partners are sponsoring the 2059 Essay Contest for middle school and high school students.
Your assignment: What will the world look like in 2059?
In 1959, the internal pacemaker, the microchip, the Barbie doll and pantyhose were invented. Each was significant in its own right. But that was so 50 years ago.
Show us in 500 words or less what technology, tool, product or service will shape our lives in 2059 and why. The Grand Prize includes:
-A laptop computer
-Your essay published in Inventors Digest
-A year’s subscription to the magazine
-Possible appearance on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Everyday Edisons
-A killer T-shirt
Eligibility: All middle school and high school students ages 12-17 in the United States. Grand prizes will be awarded for best middle school and high school entries. North Carolina and South Carolina entrants also are eligible for the regional Grand Prize, an iPod, courtesy of charlotteobserver.com
Entry rules: Download official entry and all permission forms. All essays must be original work of the student. Only 1 (ONE) entry per student. Submit essays and forms to Inventors Digest, firstname.lastname@example.org with Essay Contest in the subject line or mail to Inventors Digest, Essay Contest, 520 Elliot St., Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC 28202 or fax to 704.333.5115. Include your birth date, school, address and phone number.
Criteria: Entries will be judged on clarity and vision of how we will use new technology or products in the year 2059. Winning essays will demonstrate imagination rooted in science and engineering principles. In other words, the best essays will show what’s possible as well as practical.
Deadlines: Submit essays Aug. 1-31, 2009. All entries must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2009.
Winners will be notified on or by Sept. 28, 2009.
For entry forms visit http://www.inventorsdigest.com