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Future City Rewards Students and Mentors

July 01, 2006

The word rejuvenate comes from the Latin “young again”. Appropriately enough, that is precisely the word Jane Sternemann, an engineering group manager at General Motors’ Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness Integration program in Warren, MI, uses to describe the benefits of volunteering as an engineering mentor in the National Engineers Week Future City CompetitionTM. Mentors say the experience provides them with a fresh perspective on their profession, a perspective only the young can offer.

The annual Future City competition is the nation’s largest and most successful not-for-profit engineering education program. Students work with a teacher and mentor as they create cities of tomorrow using SimCity 3000, build a large, 3-D tabletop model, write an essay and create an oral presentation. More than 30,000 students from 1,000 schools participated in Future City 2006. Winning teams from 38 regional competitions receive an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., February 19-21, 2007, during Engineers Week, co-chaired by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Tyco Electronics.

While acknowledging the advantages Future City brings to students, and how it advances the interests of the profession and strengthens the character of engineers and their companies, Sternemann adds another, even bigger issue. “You’re benefitting society,” she says. You’re making a better world.”

For more information on how to mentor a Future City team in one of 38 regions nationwide visit www.futurecity.org.

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