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Washington, February 20, 2008:
Westerville Ohio’s Heritage Middle School has won the 2008 National Engineers Week Future City Competition. Their city of the future is called — RA.
The students — Glen Gainer, Emma Henderson and Jeremy Boyd — are all 13. They teamed with teacher Debra Pellington and volunteer mentor Ted Beadler, P.E., from Franklin County Engineers.
Teams from 36 middle schools nationwide, winners of regional competitions in January, participated in the Future City National Finals February 18-20, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
Second place went to Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, New York. The team was comprised of students Kathryn Liotta, Hannah Liu and Brien Micelli, teacher Deborah Escobar and engineer mentor James Liotta.
Third place was won by Our Lady Help of Christians School in Abingdon, Pennsylvania. Team members were Paul Gennaro, Kiersten Moore, and Maura Nolan, teacher Jane Ring and engineer mentor Julie Gennaro.
Fourth place went to Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale Florida and fifth place to Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell Georgia.
Queen of Angels also won the special award for Best Essay. Westridge Middle School in Shawnee Mission Kansas won best model.
The Heritage Team’s Future City Abstract:
Like the glorious temple Amon-Ra, honoring the Egyptian Sun God RA, the ultimate city of the sun rises out of the vast sands of majestic Egypt. An engineering marvel, the city of RA was designed to provide an ideal quality of life for all citizens. A flourishing economy is evident in the revolutionary mixed-use Green Living Modules (GLM) and the state-of-the-art EIRS 3000 Educational System. The EIRS provides interactive learning experiences utilizing the latest in educational intercommunication, the Nanosence Glove.
Energy engineers employ a five-point energy system to maximize efficiency throughout RA. The use of flexible solar panels, sprayable solar cells, and desert solar farms harness the sun’s energy to the fullest potential. Hydropower in the Nile River and Mediterranean Sea regions, biomass, wind farms and Ewind Towers, located on the upper levels of commercial and industrial structures, all provide renewable power options. Finally, nanoparticles produce hydrogen through photoelectrochemical hydrogen production, completing a clean energy picture.
“Solar cell” phones and holographic image converters provide citizens wireless communication options. Energy engineers have also applied solar technology in the production of pure water through the innovative NanoPure Water System. In conjunction with cost effective nanocatalysts, solar power successfully treats wastewater.
A prosperous economy, progressive research centers, multi-modal forms of transportation, unparalleled recreational facilities, a first rate educational system, an environmentally sound energy strategy, as well as the latest in nanotechnological advancements, make RA the ultimate paradise.
Future City’s 16th Year
The Future City competition is celebrating its 16th year. It asks middle school students to create cities of the future, first on computer and then in large tabletop models.
Working in teams with a teacher and volunteer engineer mentor, students create their citites using the SimCity 3000 videogame donated to all participating schools by Electronic Arts.
The teams write a city abstract and an essay on using engineering to solve an important social need — this year’s essay asked students to describe how nanotechnology will monitor their city’s structures and systems to keep its infrastucture healthy.
They then present and defend their cities before engineer judges at the competition.
Some 30,000 students from more than 1100 schools participated in 2007-8.
National Finals teams this year were comprised of 53 girls and 54 boys. It included public, parochial, private and home schools students.
First Prize is a trip to US Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama, provided by this year’s host, Bentley Systems, a software company. All regional winning teams received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington for the finals.
Future City is sponsored in part by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition comprising more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies.
source: online article at www.GISuser.com on 2/22/08.
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