Indiana Regional Future City® Competition recruiting 10 cities for tenth anniversary

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Press release from IPFW:

Indiana Regional Future City® Competition Recruiting 10 Cities for Tenth Anniversary

Over the past 10 years, 3,000 Indiana middle school students, teachers, and mentors have worked in teams to create an amazing array of cities as participants in the Indiana Regional Future City® Competition.

To help celebrate the tenth anniversary, Indiana is striving to reach the goal of having one or more middle schools from 10 Indiana cities represent their community at the Indiana Regional Future City® Competition, and 10 companies to support the competition through funding, special awards, or working as engineer mentors. The mayor or town official from each Indiana city will receive a letter announcing their school’s participation and an invitation to attend. Students are encouraged to add a distinctive landmark to their future city model representing their real city.

The Indiana Regional Future City® Competition is a national program sponsored by the engineering community that fosters an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), through project-based learning and real-world applications. The competition is calling for more schools to participate in the tenth anniversary event. It is open to all public, private, parochial, and home schools for grades 6-8. The deadline for schools to register for Future City® is Oct. 30, 2010.

Future City® challenges students to work as a team on designing their vision of an outstanding future city with a teacher or home school parent and an engineer mentor or related professional. They imagine a project that is a creative mix of artistry, problem solving, and the engineering design process. Students design a SimCity computer map; build a model; explore and write about this year’s theme, which focuses on health products and virtual medicine; and present their entire project to a panel of judges at the competition. Innovative, forward-thinking ideas for Indiana cities come from middle school students participating in the Future City® challenge.

The 2010 competition will be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. The First-place team in the regional competition receives a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition in February. Stepping forward in support of science, technology, engineering, and math, Indiana Michigan Power is the final awards sponsor for this year’s competition.

For information, school registration, or to volunteer in the Future City® Competition, visit the National Future City® Web site or the Indiana Regional Web site at, or contact Carol Dostal, Indiana Regional Future City® coordinator, at 260-481-6905 or


About Future City® Competition
The nineteenth Annual Future City® Competition, for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, is held from September, 2010 through February, 2011. The National Future City® Competition is sponsored in part by National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. Major funding comes from Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Shell.

About Engineers Week
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 2011 are Raytheon and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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