The Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State will host the regional Future City competition for middle school students this Saturday. The event is intended to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh and eighth grade students by combining a stimulating engineering challenge with a “hands-on” application to present their visions of a city of the future.
Organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, one of the largest non-profit engineering education programs in the country, the competition employs a team-based approach. All team members have important roles that are necessary for the completion of the project.
The challenge for the 2009-2010 Future City Competition is to design affordable housing for those most in need, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and a low carbon footprint. The stated theme is “Providing An Affordable Living Space For People Who Have Lost Their Home Due to a Disaster or Financial Emergency.” It is expected that the competition will attract more than 33,000 students from 1,100 middle schools from across the country.
Summing up the experience, 14-year-old Tom Krajnak, on the 2009 prize-winning team from Bexley Middle School in Bexley, Ohio, said, “We learned that engineering is more than just making sure that buildings work the way they are supposed to. Engineers are involved in every aspect of building a city. We discovered how necessary they are and now we know the reasons why.”
The National Future City Competition is partly sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. Major funding comes from Bentley Systems, Ford Motor Company and Shell.
For more information on the event, contact Dawn Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Future City competition website at