Art Contest Entry & Rules

This contest is in celebration of Engineers Week. Our goal is to showcase the ART in STE(A)M and to align the creative aspects of the engineering design process with the role models that inspire us. The official art contest rules follow. You must agree to these rules to enter the contest.

Deadline: February 25, 2024 

Entry deadline for the 2024 K-12 Art Contest is at 11:59 pm PST  


BINDING AGREEMENT - By entering this art contest, you consent to rules, eligibility and conditions for release as defined by these official requirements on this page.

HOW TO ENTER - To enter the Contest, submit one piece of art (“Entry”) through either the grade 9-12 ENTRY FORM or K-8 ENTRY FORM. The google entry form will ask for the following: 

Prizes & Notifications 

Each division winner will be awarded a prize. Winners will be notified the week of World Engineering Day (March 4th). Stay tuned for prize information and for the big virtual big reveal day and time. Attendees will have additional opportunities to win prizes.


Any grade K-12 student in San Diego County or Imperial County may develop an entry either inside the classroom or outside of school ("Entrant").


This contest is about showcasing creativity and bringing visibility to the engineers and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) role models who are making this world a better place. To enter, you will need to draw:

OPTION 1 - DRAW A CREATIVE INVENTION - Engineers are changing the way people live all the time. They dream up creative solutions and work with other inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that improve the way our world functions. It all starts with an idea. Using your creativity, showcase any ideas/inventions that you believe might make a difference in someone’s future. Who knows, you may even inspire a solution to one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. (Global Goals for Sustainable Development)

OPTION 2 - DRAW A FUTURE YOU OR AN ENGINEER - Engineers are continuing to improve the world around us. From space exploration to constructing safe streets for your community, engineers are doing it all. No matter your age, it all begins with an idea and a little imagination. 

Using your artistic imagination, draw a future version of yourself as an engineer. It doesn’t matter how realistic it is. This is your dream of making a difference and a chance for you to showcase your future goals. Or, draw one of the San Diego Legends ( San Diego Engineering Legends) and take some inspiration from one of their accomplishments. 


ART REQUIREMENTS - The art and supporting SDCEC form must meet the following criteria. The SDCEC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant that does not meet the requirements in spirit or form.

DIVISIONS - The submissions shall be divided and categorized based on the grade level of participants at the discretion of the judges. There is no limit to the number of art pieces submitted per entrant or school. Artwork can be traditional or digital. 

JUDGING -  Each Entry will be evaluated and scored based on (i) artistic skills (ii) creativity and originality (iii)  communication of the contest theme in both the drawing and supporting statement; (iv) adherence to the artwork Requirements and these Rules (v) Description of entry with a minimum of one paragraph describing your STEAM ideas. 


GENERAL CONDITIONS - SDCEC reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant from the Contest if, in SDCEC's sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, SDCEC, or the Judges. The decisions of the judges are final and binding.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - As between SDCEC and the Entrant, the Entrant retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to the artwork . As a condition of entry, Entrant grants SDCEC a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the artwork for any purpose, including display on the SDCEC website and social media, without any attribution or compensation to Entrant. 

PRIVACY - Entrants agree and acknowledge that personal data submitted with an entry, including name, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by SDCEC and its affiliates for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. No personal information that is collected from parents, guardians, teachers, non-profit leaders and after-school programs on behalf of Entrants will be used by SDCEC outside of the Contest.

PUBLICITY - By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to participate in any media or promotional activity resulting from the Contest as reasonably requested by SDCEC at SDCEC's expense and agree and consent to use of their name by SDCEC. SDCEC will contact Entrants in advance of any media request for interviews.  Artwork may also be used for press and media purposes and Entrant agrees to waive any rights and not assert any intellectual property rights that Entrant has or may have in the artwork. SDCEC reserves the right to publish the name of the Entrants on the Contest Site or through other media for publicity purposes.

INDEMNITY - To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant and Parent indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified SDCEC at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless SDCEC from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from: (i) any artwork or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by Entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) any misrepresentation made by Entrant in connection with the Contest; (iii) any non-compliance by Entrant with these Rules; (iv) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to Entrant's involvement with the Contest; (v) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in the Contest; (vi) any malfunction or other problem with the Contest Site in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant; (vii) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry or voting information in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant and in the voting process by consumers; or (viii) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant.