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NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK FOUNDATION LAUNCHES FUTURECITY.ORG


Interactive Website is Online Home for Nationally Renowned Engineering Competition for Middle Schoolers

Green-Friendly Site Allows Teams to Track Their Progress and Offers Downloadable SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Software

Washington, DC- September 12, 2011– It’s time to build the future! Futurecity.org, the online home of the nationally renowned Future City® Competition, has expanded its interactive platform to support 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in creating their visions of the cities of tomorrow. Futurecity.org provides students, educators, mentors and parents with everything they need to learn about Future City - including step-by-step guidelines, upcoming events, software and competition forms, needed for the program in their respective regions. The site also allows visitors to view past winning entries and models from students that will inspire future participants to get involved.

The Futurecity.org web destination launches in conjunction with the start of the 2011-2012 Future City Competition. This year, students are being asked to address the following topic: Fuel Your Future: Imagine New Ways To Meet Our Energy Needs And Maintain A Healthy Planet. Further exemplifying this “green” sensibility, Futurecity.org now provides downloadable SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software that students use to design their virtual Future City. Other downloadable items include the competition forms, instructional guides, tips, and additional resources. ASME is this year’s topic sponsor.

Along with its easy-to-access materials, Futurecity.org provides all the customizable tools that students, educators, mentors, and parents need in order to get organized in their specific region of the country. For the first time users can view a customizable calendar with dates for their respective regional competitions, including up-to-date news and information and step-by-step directions about each of the competition components.

While exploring Futurecity.org, you’ll find some of these unique features along the way:

• Customized Calendar—keep track of important program dates
and regional events
• Future City Showcase—see examples of winning entries and
get inspired
• Competition Forms—download writeable PDF versions of all
competition forms
• National Standards—learn how Future City aligns with
national educational standards
• Frequently Asked Questions—get answers to your questions
from experienced educators, mentors, and regional
coordinators
• Competition Checklist—track your team’s progress and
what’s coming up next

“Futurecity.org exemplifies the message we hope students will take away this year about being environmentally-conscious and mindful of our world’s resources,” said Thea Sahr, Director of Programs, National Engineers Week Foundation. “Along with the environmental impact, our website supports STEM Education in and out of the classroom, and the monumental importance of the work of engineers. When students understand the impact engineers have on our future, they are more likely to consider the field as a possible career path where they too can help solve our nation’s critical issues.”

The deadline for schools to enter the competition is October 31st. Regional Finals are held in January, with one winning team from each region then travelling to Crystal City, VA to compete in the Future City National Finals, February 17-22, 2012. Major funding for the Future City national finals comes from Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Shell.

Futurecity.org is made possible through the generous grants from the S.D Bechtel Jr. Foundation and The United Engineering Foundation (UEF) who have helped provide an engaging and comprehensive resource that supports national STEM education and project-based learning in the classroom.

About Future City Competition

The annual National Engineers Week Foundation’s Future City Competition, for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, is held from September, 2011 through February, 2012. The Future City Competition is a program of the NEWF - National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations.

About National Engineers Week Foundation
The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. Co-chairs for 2012 are Battelle and ASME. For more information, visit www.eweek.org.
 

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