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The mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.
This will be accomplished by:
- Fostering engineering skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving skills;
- Providing interaction among students, teachers, and engineer mentors;
- Informing the community about the multi-disciplines within the engineering profession;
- Inspiring students to explore futuristic concepts and careers in engineering.
- Team work
- Research and presentation skills
- Practical math and science applications
- Computer skills
Welcome to Future City, a national competition you'll find as fulfilling as it is fun for your students. Now in its second decade, the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is a program developed for seventh and eighth grade students to help them discover and foster interests in math, science and engineering. As you'll soon discover, it's a program that's both challenging and stimulating for everyone involved.
You'll find three useful tools to help you prepare for this competition. Your handbook is the most comprehensive source for rules, instructions, general information and useful preparation tips and techniques. This website is also a good source for timely updates about the competition, and contains information not found in the handbook. For instance, it features an alumni page, instructions for using the SIMCITY software, and a section that allows you to print all the necessary forms for entering the competition. There's also a CD-ROM which provides video overviews of the competition's categories. (If you don't have it already, contact your Regional Coordinator for a copy.)
If you've never participated in the competition before, it may seem daunting at first. But there is a learning curve, and everything will become easier once you break down the instructions. This is important to remember as your project progresses, because regardless of how your team does in the competition, you'll want to teach your students the value of seeing their project through to completion. Also, remember why you're participating and what your students will gain from designing and building their city of the future: Future City will give them an introduction to different types of engineering, from civil to electrical, chemical to mechanical. It will also teach them skills such as writing, public speaking, teamwork, time management, problem solving and new computer skills. Above all, they'll find it fun since it allows them to use their imaginations. There's a benefit to you, too, as you'll find the competition will cover many of the fundamental math, science and technology skills that your students will need to learn at this grade level
True, there is challenge and commitment ahead of you. But when you watch the video clips on the CD-ROM, and view some of our past competitions, you'll see the rewards of this program clearly displayed on the faces of the students, teachers and engineering mentors - looks of joy, pride and accomplishment. Again, welcome to the Future City Competition. One of the most memorable chapters of your life, and the lives of your students, is about to begin.
- William Sutton
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