National Engineers Week Future City Competition!
Through volunteering, judging, or sponsorship of the 2014-2015 National Engineers Week Future City Competition, you and your colleagues can make all the difference. Middle-school students with a keen interest in engineering and those committed to helping them realize their dreams are now preparing for the North Texas Regional event. All are in need of any assistance you can provide, no matter how great or small.
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE:
There are a number of different ways for you and your organization to become involved in this year's North Texas Regional Future City Competition (https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part.html):
- VOLUNTEER: Become a Mentor, Each Future City team includes an engineer-mentor who works directly with the student teams and is involved in all phases of the competition as an advisor. The mentor provides technical assistance and real-life experience as the students work on the competition. http://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_mentor.html.
- VOLUNTEER: Become a Judge, interacting with the kids as they present their innovative ideas for the future. We need dozens of judges for a variety of deliverables, now through January.
- VOLUNTEER: Help with coordinating. Work behind the scenes to make sure the Future City Competition is a success. All individuals – technical and non-technical – are welcome.
- SPONSOR: Sponsor a special award. With a contribution of $200-$500 your organization can provide a special award that promotes your particular interest and increases the opportunity for every student to be a winner.
- SPONSOR: Underwrite the entire program by becoming a general sponsor. Join Shell, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and the University of Texas at Arlington to ensure this program continues to provide educational opportunities for students in North Texas.
The Future City Competition is the nation's largest not-for-profit engineering education program. Its purpose is to encourage students to pursue a technical career, to address important environmental issues in our world, and to realize their vision of a city of the future. The winner of our regional event will go on to compete in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week. All of it is possible only through the combined efforts of volunteers and sponsors.
The students are challenged in a series of fun, hands-on applications to present their unique set of solutions to the real-world problems of creating a livable city. To do so, they will adopt the principles of every branch of engineering to support their assertions. Each competing team is asked to first generate a computerized design of a future city, then build a scale model of that city using as many recycled materials as possible.
This year’s challenge is “Feeding Future Cities: incorporating urban agriculture into future cities.” The students must research and write a paper discussing the problem of moving people in their future city and imagining a mode of transportation to solve this problem.
Finally, the students must deliver a seven-minute verbal presentation defending their vision before a panel of judges at UTA on January 31st.
However you decide to help us, we thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me. My information is provided below. You can also visit the official web site at http://www.dfwfuturecity.org to learn more on how you and your organization can make a difference to the next generation of engineers.
N TX Regional Coordinator
National Engineers Week Future City Competition