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Local Students To Participate in Ohio Future City Competition
What will it take to engineer cities in the future? Ohio seventh and eighth grade students from Blendon Middle School are examining this question by participating in the National Engineers Week Future City Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in Columbus.
What began in 1992 as a model project to encourage math and science skills and lay the foundation for a career in engineering has become the nation’s largest engineering education program. This year, over 120 students from 25 schools around Ohio will create future cities, complete with 3-D models, using SimCity™ software.
The Future City Competition introduces students to different engineering fields, such as civil, electrical, chemical, agricultural, biomedical, mechanical and computer software and hardware engineering. Competing also gives students a chance to improve their writing, public speaking, teamwork, time management, problem- solving and new computer skills. Above all, Future City enables students to turn their vision of the future into reality.
With the help of their teacher advisor Patrick Schuber and a local engineering mentor, the Blendon Middle School team built a model of a city of the future, wrote abstract descriptions and addressed an essay on the topic of mass transit and developing new ideas on how to move large volumes of people around a big city. Considering global urban populations are expanding while new energy concerns are emerging, future cities need new transportation solutions that are quick, reliable and sustainable.
Teams are eligible to compete for medals and awards in a variety of categories including: infrastructure, recreation, transportation, use of recycled materials, use of water resources, engineering, most insurable city, rookie of the year and people’s choice. The Ohio regional competition is sponsored in part by PPG Industries, CSCC, Ohio EPA, HDR (Henningson, Durham and Richardson), Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and others.
The Ohio region winning team (three students, teacher and engineering mentor) receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the national finals Feb. 21-23, 2014.
The Future City Competition is a national, not-for-profit education program. Across the country, more than 30,000 students from 1,100 schools are participating in the 2014 competition. For more information contact Future City Ohio at www.futurecity.org/ohio.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.