Future City competition registration under way

Registration has begun for the annual Future City competition. A national education program sponsored by the engineering community, Future City competition promotes technological literacy and engineering to middle school students (sixth to eighth grade). The program fosters an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on, real-world applications. The competition is open to all students from public, private and parochial schools.

Each team will plan and design a city of the future, using both computer and scale models. The students must write a narrative describing the city and a research essay explaining their solution to a specific design challenge. At the competition, they are required to make an oral presentation to a team of engineering professionals.

"The Future City Competition is a growth opportunity for the students engaged in the program," says Michael Andrews, Arizona Regional Coordinator for the Future City Competition-Arizona. "Through their quest of a vision for what the future could be, they grow academically through their research, computer use and the communication of their ideas."

This year's Arizona Region Future City Competition will be on Saturday, Jan. 22, with the winning team competing in national finals in Washington, DC.

School registration takes places through Oct. 31. For complete Arizona Region Future City information, visit www.futurecity-arizona.org.

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