Enter the Awards

  • Projects need to address a need, problem or opportunity in your school or community.
  • If you have a project in mind, register your interest and a member of the team will contact you and help you set it up.
  • Not sure what to work on? Why not check out the winning projects from previous years for ideas or contact the Awards Coordinator, phone 04 495 1647 or email ne.awards@engineeringnz.org
  • The Awards are about collaboration, so it's important that your students do the majority of the work on the project with support from their teacher and the technical assistance of their engineering mentor.
  • Each team will need to submit a report that outlines the Technological Practice involved in their project.
  • Neighbourhood Engineers volunteer their services solely to assist students in educational activities. Their advice may not be used or relied upon for any other purpose.
  • Entries close 5pm, Wednesday 25th October 2017 – please submit your project on time.

Preparing to send your entry in for judging

  • We suggest the teacher and engineer review the report and supporting material prior to sending it to the Awards team at Engineering New Zealand for judging.
  • Ensure that your project has all the required elements and documentation for judging – see the project submission page >>

How the Awards are judged

  • A panel of three judges will award winners and merit awards.
  • Results will be published and media coverage sought for winning projects.
  • Representatives from Engineering New Zealand and Transpower will visit and present Awards to the winning schools and engineer partners.
  • Winning schools in each category will receive up to $2,000.
  • Merit prizes will be given at the discretion of the judges.
  • All entrants receive certificates of participation.
  • The Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No judges' comments will be made available to individual award entrants; however, general comments will be shared.

Judging criteria emphasise technological practice

The judging panel are looking for a record of methodical technological practice, including clear evidence of:

  • A good understanding of the problem, need or opportunity
  • Thorough and thoughtful assessment of options
  • Decisions that led to an appropriate solution
  • Conclusions and/or outcomes of the project

Judges will also consider:

  • The value of supporting material
  • Evidence of working as a team
  • The teacher's comments on the project
  • The engineer's comments on the project