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FEATURE ARTICLE
18th Annual Future Cityâ„¢ Competition Announced
September 2009

Designing affordable housing for those most in need is enormously complicated. But how to do it while adhering to LEED® recognized green building standards, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and a low carbon footprint?

That’s the challenge for America’s middle school students as they prepare for National Engineers Week Foundation’s 2009-10 Future Cityâ„¢ Competition. The 18th Annual Future City Competition, for seventh and eighth grade students, is held from September, 2009 through February, 2010. The National Future City Competition is sponsored in part by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. The Future City Competition invites seventh and eighth graders nationwide to create the cities of tomorrow and encourages interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands on applications.

“Future City motivates students to learn more about the possibilities and opportunities for careers in engineering,” said Leslie Collins, Executive Director, National Engineers Week Foundation. “As they participate in the competition, they realize that engineering is exciting and creative and that they can use what they know to make a difference in the world. Helping young people discover what the field has to offer is a critical step in insuring that the engineering profession continues to grow in the years ahead.”

Providing An Affordable Living Space For People Who Have Lost Their Home Due to a Disaster or Financial Emergency, will be the theme of this year’s Future City Competition, which is expected to attract more than 33,000 students from 1,100 middle schools in regions located across the country. Participating students will be asked to design a model of their city using SimCity 4 Deluxe software, provided by Electronic Arts, and then build a physical model of the city using recycled materials. They will also write a research essay describing their design and a second narrative outlining the key features of their city.

The regional competition gets underway with the new school year in September and culminates with the regional finals in January. One winning team from each region qualifies for a trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C., which take place during Engineer’s Week, February 15th-17th, 2010. The National Finals Grand Prize winners receive a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Incorporated. The second and third prize winners receive $5,000 and $2,000 scholarships for their schools’ technology programs.

Registration deadline for schools nationwide is October 31st, 2009 but, to help students get an early start before the close of the current school year, Future City is offering early registration to interested students. Future City is also looking for professional engineers who may be interested in serving as mentors. For information, school registration, or to volunteer in the Future City Competition, visit www.futurecity.org.


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