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Future Cities Competition – Mentors Needed

The Future City Competition – a DiscoverE Program – is designed to inspire 6-8th grade students about engineering by challenging them to solve the real-world problems associated with building a livable city of the future. Hundreds of North Texas students will be working hard from October through January on their city concepts.


Would you consider inspiring one of these teams to become part of the next generation of engineers by being a mentor? Are you interested in helping students tackle the challenges we face in considering transportation needs, the environment, communication infrastructure, water management, energy sources, housing development, budget limits and other issues?


Mentors are currently needed for Future City teams at the following schools listed below:
Pioneer Heritage Middle School - 1649 High Shoals Dr. Frisco, TX 75034
Graford Junior High - 400 W. Division St. Graford, TX 76449
Hillsboro Intermediate School - 1000 Old Bynum Rd. Hillsboro, TX 76645
Itasca Middle School - 123 North College Street Itasca, TX 76050
Texas Education Centers - Little Elm - 1851 Oak Grove Parkway Little Elm, TX 75068

To volunteer, or if you would like more information about the engineer mentor roles, contact Thomas Hunt, North Texas Region Mentor Coordinator, at [email protected] You can also learn more about being a team mentor at http://futurecity.org/engineers.


BACKGROUND:
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 the 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 will deliver a seven-minute verbal presentation defending their vision before a panel of judges at UTA on January 31st, 2015.


For more information on the program, visit the official web site at http://www.dfwfuturecity.org.