The Future City Competition challenges students to design a city of the future - and have fun doing it. This program was designed to promote technological literacy and engineering to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The program fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications and helps students better understand the practical applications of mathematical and scientific principles.
From start to finish, volunteer professional engineers, scientist, teachers and parents mentor the student teams to build their city. Teamwork and creativity skills are developed as the students build computer and actual models, write essays and make presentations adhering to a set of rigorous standards. The middle school students are encouraged to confront real world issues in their futuristic cities, including: sustainability, social issues, health, medicine, transportation, and energy.
The Michigan Regional Future City Competition will take place January 30, 2012. In February, the winning team from each region competes at the national finals in Washington, DC. Each winning team receives an all expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete in the finals.
2012 Challenge: "Fuel Your Future: Imagine New Ways to Meet Our Energy Needs and Maintain a Healthy Planet."
The city must display residential, commercial and industrial areas, power plants, transportation systems, community services and communication systems. Other issues that must be addressed are environmental controls, traffic density, taxes and operating budgets.
Patti Engineering is very excited to be supporting the Engineering Society of Detroit's (ESD) Michigan Regional Future City Competition again this year. Patti Engineering is sending a team of professional engineers to review and judge the entries to award the "The Patti Engineering Best use of Automation Technology Award".
The young aspiring professional engineers must show how automation technology is incorporated into their design. They also must demonstrate an understanding of energy management, building automation systems, it systems and the need for control systems integration to make it all work together. The Future City Competition is an important educational tool for developing student interest in technology and engineering building a brighter future for America.
Sam Hoff, president of Patti Engineering, commented on the value of the Future City Competition, "This is a phenomenal program for our Michigan youth. We were very impressed with all of the displays at last year's competition, and choosing the single best use of automation technology was a difficult task. We are proud to support the Engineering Society of Detroit's efforts to inspire the next generation of Professional Engineers and we are looking forward to participating again this year."
The Future City Competition is a national program sponsored each year by the National Engineers Week Committee. The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) is the coordinator for the Michigan Regional Competition. More than 1000 students participated in the regional competition last year. What a great opportunity this is for us to give back to our community in a meaningful way.
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