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October 4th, 2007

Learning Curves: Collapsing Bridges, Breaking Levees — Who Will Save the Cities?

In Future City, students first create cities on computers using SimCity 3000 software and then build three-dimensional, tabletop models to scale. Models must use recycled materials and can cost no more than $100. Students also write brief abstracts describing their city and must present and defend their designs at the competition before a panel of engineer judges who test the depth of the teams' knowledge.

The essays require 7th- and 8th-graders to explore complex challenges. This year's topic is "Keeping Our City Infrastructure Healthy: Using Nanotechnology to Monitor City Structures and Systems." For more information on entering or volunteering in the New York City Future City Competition, contact regional coordinator Karen Armfield, P.E. at (212) 701-2808 or , visit , or call 1-877-636-9578. Any and all interested schools, teachers, students or engineers are encouraged to participate.


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