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January 13th, 2011
Texas State to host future cities project regional finals

STAFF REPORT

Middle school students from across Central Texas schools will participate in the National Engineers Week Future City Regional Finals Saturday at Texas State’s LBJ Student Center.

The competition is a collaborative hands-on program in which sixth, seventh and eighth grade students use their knowledge of math and science to create a challenging tabletop model. This year’s theme is “Providing a Reliable and Effective Health Care Product or System That Improves a Sick, Injured or Disabled Patient’s Quality of Life and Comfort.”

The students have worked with a volunteer engineer and a teacher since September to get their projects done. The Future Cities project shows students, through their work, the connection between math and science to their future world.

The winning team will then go to Washington, DC, to compete against 34 other regions on Feb 18-22 at the Future City National Finals.

The Futures Cities Project is in its 19th year, involving 33,000 students in 1,000 different schools across the country. The National Future City Competition is sponsored, in part, by National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. Major funding comes from Bentley Systems and Shell Oil.

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