The National Engineers Week Future City® Competition, one of the nation's most successful engineering education programs, offers 7th and 8th grade students a fun way to learn about different kinds of engineering by dealing with the real-world problems associated with creating a livable city of the future.
The North Texas Region is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we would like to enlist your help to make this year’s program the most successful ever.
The purpose of the Future City Competition is to encourage students to pursue a technical career, to address important environmental issues in our world, and to realize their vision of a city of the future. The winner of our regional event will go on to compete in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week.
Seventh and eighth grade students are challenged in a series of fun, hands-on applications to present their unique set of solutions to the real-world problems of creating a livable city. To do so, they will adopt the principles of every branch of engineering to support their assertions. Each competing team is asked to first generate a computerized design of a future city, then build a scale model of that city using as many recycled materials as possible.
THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE IS AFFORDBLE, GREEN HOUSING – the students must research and write a paper describing their design for a living space for families that have been displaced. Their designs must also strive to achieve the “Green Ideals” of building. In the final phase of the program (Jan 23, 2010), the teams will publicly present their projects to a panel of judges.
In about a month, we will be contacting you again with our annual call for volunteers and judges. See http://www.dfwfuturecity.org to learn more on how you and your organization can make a difference to the next generation of engineers.
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