A Mason Second Grader Takes 1st Place In State Contest


The 2024 State Winner Ankit Ray Imagine Engineering Coloring

From Ohio Society of Professional Engineers

MASON, OH -- . Ankit Ray, a Mason Early Childhood Center second grader, has placed first in the 2024 Imagine Engineering Coloring Contest out of 8,588 students statewide. Ankit will receive the first place prize, a telescope, for his detailed and colorful drawing showing an engineer planning, designing and testing drones to seed forests.

Ankit's mother, Ratna Ghosh, said, "He is very inquisitive about remote control toys and appliances in general. He likes to help his dad in gardening and lawn work. One day he was flying his remote control drone, while his dad was seeding the lawn. He was quick to ask, 'Why can't I use my drone to seed the lawn instead? It would be fun and work at the same time!' We were surprised by his reflection on relating engineering to real time work. And then, he had the Ohio engineering sessions in his STEM class, which motivated him to think some more on how the drones are made and tested."

The Engineers Foundation of Ohio (EFO) founded the Imagine Engineering program and coloring contest in 1999. Since that time, EFO's partner, the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE-Ohio) has enlisted its chapter members statewide to visit local classrooms and explain to second graders what engineers do for a living.

In 2021, EFO updated the Imagine Engineering program by adding a new educational resource video – also titled "Imagine Engineering" – that EFO developed, recorded and distributed. EFO's all-original video features real Ohio professional engineers – all members of NSPE-Ohio – who were recorded explaining engineering at a fundamental level and demonstrating engineering experiments that support the second grade curriculum.

In 2023, EFO received a grant from the P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to expand Imagine Engineering to include Ohio's Spanish-speaking second graders, and EFO produced the Spanish translation of its original "Imagine Engineering" video. The Spanish translation includes a Spanish-speaking engineer to narrate the lesson and subtitles for the engineering experiments.

NSPE-Ohio members continue to support the program by visiting second grade classrooms to engage students in dynamic conversations about engineering and to answer their questions.

 "Imagine Engineering is a children’s program that is unique to Ohio, having been created by the Engineers Foundation of Ohio in the late 1990s," said EFO President Tina Sutermeister, PE, MBA, FNSPE. "Since its inaugural year 25 years ago, Imagine Engineering has helped ignite the imaginations of tens of thousands of children statewide, encouraging them to focus on math and science – and perhaps a career in engineering."

Each year, thousands of Ohio second graders learn what engineers do when NSPE-Ohio members take the popular Imagine Engineering program to local elementary students around the state.

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