News & Events

Dig Into Science with S. W. Cole Once Again!

For the second year in a row, S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. is asking students across Maine and New Hampshire to put on their thinking caps for a chance to win cash for their school. The contest, named “Dig Into Science with S. W. Cole Engineering,” is a grant program intended to promote awareness about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. To enter, students in first through 12th grade in Maine and New Hampshire are asked to explain, via a two-minute video application, how science or engineering can be used to make the world a better place.Dig Into Science

Students and educational professionals familiar with the contest will be happy to know that their odds of winning may increase this year. Similar to last year, one winner will be chosen for each of the company’s offices. However, with the opening of S. W. Cole’s Manchester, New Hampshire office this summer, the firm will now award seven prizes as opposed to last year’s six. A total of $7,000 will be awarded, with each winner receiving $1,000 for the purpose of attending a pre-approved extra-curricular program related to science, math or engineering. Over 20 programs and centers in Maine and New Hampshire are on the list of approved programs, including museums, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and more. Stipends can also be used to bring an assembly or interactive program to the school, and winners may also suggest a Maine- or New Hampshire-based program not on the list. Winning schools must use the stipend by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Students will enter the contest as a class (for example, the entire third grade class at an elementary school, or an individual high school teacher’s second period chemistry class) and will do so with an application as well as a video that they will submit to S. W. Cole electronically.

“S. W. Cole is pleased to be able to support this contest for a second year,” said Dave Dunning, Vice President. “We received almost 50 entries last year, and we hope that even more students are motivated to think about science and engineering this year.” Encouraging students to learn about engineering and science is important to the firm, and Dunning said he welcomes to opportunity to “highlight the many STEM-related extra-curricular programs based in Maine and New Hampshire.”

Complete information about the contest, including rules and regulations and a list of suggested programs, are posted on S. W. Cole’s website ( and the firm’s Facebook page ( Entering is easy: students or teachers complete a form found on the firm’s website and attach the entry video.

Established in 1979, S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. is an employee-owned firm of over 90 scientists, engineers, and technicians providing geotechnical engineering, geology, environmental and natural resource consulting, and construction materials testing for projects throughout New England. In addition to the firm’s corporate headquarters in Bangor, Maine, S. W. Cole also has six branch offices throughout Maine (Augusta, Caribou and Gray) and New Hampshire (Keene, Manchester and Somersworth).