Scholarships and Contests 2014-2015

 

 

 New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is pleased to offer all high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in a variety of high school contests. The contests are designed to encourage students to explore career choices and the employment skills required. 

 

 

The top three winning students in each contest will be recognized with NEIT tuition scholarships. First place will be awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship, second place, $1,500.00 scholarship, and third place, $1,000.00 scholarship. Please encourage your students to enter one of the competitions.  If you have any questions or comments please contact Amanda Metzger, Special Events Coordinator, at 800-736-7744 ext. 3377 or by e-mail at AMetzger@neit.edu.

Competitions Offered

  • Technology Essay Contest
  • Automotive Technology Essay Contest
  • Architectural Building and Engineering Technology Design Contest
  • Computer Aided Design-Mechanical Technology Contest
     

Requirements for Essay Contests

  • Essay contests are open to juniors and seniors.
  • Essays are to be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper.
  • The student’s name and high school must appear at the top of each sheet.
  • A cover sheet must accompany the student’s essay.  The cover sheet must have the essay contest, student’s name, home address, phone number, high school name and graduation date.
  • Essays are to be 500-750 words in length.
  • All essays are to be submitted with cover sheet no later than March 25, 2015, to AMetzger@neit.edu Amanda Metzger, Admissions Office, New England Institute of Technology, One New England Tech Blvd., East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Students can enter as many contests as they wish.


Technology Essay Contest

In recent years, a number of well-respected and insightful social observers have expressed grave concerns about the implications of the convergence of trends in technology, society, and culture with the age-old vulnerabilities of human nature for core values like freedom, reason, justice, tolerance, civility, empathy, kindness, love, physical health, personal safety, and quality of life. 

The ideas of distraction and attention have been the focus of a series of especially poignant works in this genre.  Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention, a story about a tragic incident in which a 19 year-old young man named Reggie Shaw who killed two people in a deadly texting-while-driving accident, argues in this book that our lives are determined by what we pay attention to. Richtel uses Reggie’s story to emphasize that not only are the quality of our lives, relationships, and society in general at stake in the contest between attention and distraction, but sometimes also the very lives and safety of our fellow citizens.

Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, argues that technology and its social applications are eroding our capacity for “deep attention,” a skill that she emphasizes “is the building block of intimacy, wisdom, cultural progress” and a healthy society.  She argues that technological distractions are producing high levels dysfunctional social disconnection, isolation, alienation, and self-absorption that are deteriorating the quality of personal relationships, citizenship, and the effectiveness of government in ways that threaten to plunge society into a new dark age.

Richtel and Jackson both emphasize that vulnerabilities in human nature rooted in our biology, neurology, evolution, psychology, and personality make us tremendously susceptible to technological distraction.  They also emphasize the adverse personal and social consequences of unscrupulous manipulation these vulnerabilities by commercial, political, and other special interests.

Essay Question

Is American society descending into a new dark age because the relentless competition for our attention and irresistible allure of modern electronic communications technologies are distracting us from the satisfactory performance of the personal responsibilities essential to leading good lives and creating a good society?  Do the concerns expressed by Richtel and Jackson have merit?  And how should society respond to these issues? 

 

Automotive Technology Essay Contest

The automobile has been deeply woven into American culture from the time that Henry Ford first introduced the Model T – a car designed with the goal of being affordable to the average person.  From that time, automobiles have influenced our work choices, our travel choices, labor unions, advertising, and overall fun.  Explain what you believe to be the most significant role of the automobile in our society  and discuss the importance of the automotive professions as they relate to your theory.

 

Architectural Building Engineering Technology Design Contest
 

High school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in New England Tech's Annual Architectural Building Engineering Design Contest. To enter,  the student must submit a online  registration form. When New England Tech receives the student-completed registration form, a contest packet will be sent. Completed work is due at New England Tech no later than March 25, 2015. Send all work to the attention of Amanda Metzger, Admissions Office, New England Institute of Technology, One New England Tech Blvd, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

 

Computer Aided Design-Mechanical Contest
 

High school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in New England Tech's annual Computer Aided Design-Mechanical Technology Competition. To enter this contest, students must submit a  online registration form.  When New England Tech receives the student-completed  registration, a contest packet will be sent. Completed work is due at New England Tech no later than March 25, 2015. Send all work to the attention of Amanda Metzger, Admissions Office, New England Institute of Technology, One New England Tech Blvd, East Greenwich, RI 02818.