The two winning definitions show much about high-school and middle-school students' different priorities.
The students have voted and we have two winning definitions in the inaugural "Define Yourself" contest. High-school and middle-school students were asked to vote separately to choose the definition for "Engineer"
that they found the clearest and most understandable, while also being
interesting and inspirational. Their choices give some insight into the
two age groups' different priorities:
Out of the final five definitions from the EE Times readers, the high schoolers chose, "An
engineer designs an optimal solution to a problem using available
parts, processes, and materials. Sometimes this includes invention of
new parts, processes, or materials." from RWatkins with 44% of the votes. This literal definition that emphasizes the problem-solving challenges of engineering seemed to catch the older students' imaginations.
The middle-school students went for the more poetic and I think lofty definition. Their highest-ranking was, "An
engineer is someone who takes the creativity of an artist, the knowledge
of a scientist, the imagination of a writer, and the stamina of an
athlete and turns science fiction into reality." with 67% of the votes and it came from snakinator.
RWatkins and snakinator will each receive a Certificate of Brilliance
designed by illustrator Daniel Guidera showing their definitions.
Voting for the best definition of "Hacker" will begin soon!