ESD Seeks Judges For Engineering SMArT Michigan Event

SOUTHFIELD — Would you like to help build Michigan’s future high-tech work force?

The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Engineering SMArT Michigan program for southeast Michigan high school students is seeking volunteer judges.

The program offers high school teams the chance to compete on a rigorous, hands-on project in science, mathematics, architecture and technology — SMArT. It’s designed to expose students to career opportunities in science and engineering, and enable students to understand sustainability and the economics of engineering.

For 15 weeks, students work closely with ESD engineer mentors, teachers and university graduates to help prepare for the SMArT competition, to be held on Tuesday, May 27 at Lawrence Technological University.

ESD is looking for engineers to act as judges for the competition. The role of the judge is to draw on their expertiseand resources to fairly judge each team’s efforts.

Judges are needed for both stages of the competition:
* Judges are needed to evaluate a three- to five-page paper in which teams describe their project based on the engineering design process. The judging will take place May 19-23. No advance training is required; judges will receive a detailed rubric of judging parameters. Papers will be emailed to judges, so no travel is required.
* The second part of the competition involves attending the ESD Engineering SMArT Detroit Competition on May 27 at LTU in Southfield. The training for this phase of the competition starts at 8:45 that morning. The actual judging is from 9:45 to 11 a.m. At that time, the schools display their hand-drafted drawings; and three to five representatives from each team will give a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges. The judges then ask the groups questions.

For more information or to volunteer as a judge contact Leslie Smith, CMP at (248) 353-0735 ext. 152 or lsmith@esd.org.

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