Students from 43 South Florida schools are engineering their vision of cities of the future as they participate in the National Engineers Week Future City Competition coordinated by Florida Power & Light. Nineteen schools still need engineers to volunteer as mentors to students, and FPL is encouraging degreed engineers to contact the company for information on how to become a mentor.
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Engineer mentors help their student team create a computer-simulated city, write an essay, make a verbal presentation and build a model of their future city between now and mid January.
Volunteers also are being sought to judge the digital cities in late November, the written essay in early January and the verbal presentations and models on Jan. 20. Judges are not required to be engineers and are given everything they need to judge the materials objectively.
Judges will pick South Florida's winning team on Jan. 20 at the regional finals at the John D. MacArthur Campus of Florida Atlantic University. The winning team will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national finals to be held during National Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25).
National Engineers Week Future City Competition helps seventh and eighth graders understand how engineering principles apply in real life. It is coordinated in South Florida by FPL. For more information, contact the competition's regional coordinator at FPL by calling 561-694-3133 or by visiting FPL's Web site at http://www.fpl.com/ .
Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. , one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $6 billion. The company serves 3.8 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's U.S. and international energy-generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels.
Schools participating in the 2001 Future City Competition
Key Largo School Key Largo
South Miami Middle School South Miami
Citrus Grove Miami needs mentor
Madison Miami needs mentor
West Miami Middle School Miami needs mentor
St. Timothy Parish School Miami
Miami Shores/Barry University Miami Shores
Miami Springs Miami Springs needs mentor
St. Agatha Miami needs mentor
St. John Neumann Miami
Jane S. Roberts Elemiddle Miami needs mentor
Catholic School Davie
Walter C.Young Pembroke Pines
Apollo Middle School Hollywood needs mentor
Seminole Middle School Plantation
Westminster Academy Ft. Lauderdale
New River Middle School Ft. Lauderdale needs mentor
St. Jerome Catholic School Ft. Lauderdale
Deerfield Beach Middle School Deerfield Beach
Carver Middle School Delray Beach needs mentor
Wellington Christian Wellington needs mentor
Loggers' Run Middle School Boca Raton needs mentor
Grandview Preparatory School Boca Raton
Eagle Landing Middle School Boca Raton needs mentor
Woodlands Middle School Lake Worth needs mentor
Middle School of Arts West Palm Beach
Benjamin School N. Palm Beach
Colmery Home School Jupiter
Jupiter Middle School Jupiter needs mentor
Indiantown Middle Indiantown
Redeemer Lutheran Stuart needs mentor
Stuart Middle School Stuart needs mentor
St. Joseph Catholic School Stuart
Murray Middle School Stuart needs mentor
Clearlake Middle Cocoa needs mentor
McNair Magnet School Cocoa needs mentor
West Shore Jr./Sr. High Melbourne
Seacrest Country Day School Naples
St. Michael Lutheran Fort Myers
of Arts & Sciences Sarasota
Venice Area Middle Venice
Students begin by building cities of the future using SimCity™ computer software donated from the Maxis Corporation, which allows them to experiment with where and how to integrate power plants, factories, parks, transportation systems, housing, schools and other components of the urban fabric. From their computer maps, teams will then build models of their respective cities that illustrate engineering concepts and futuristic ideas using less than $100 for materials. Recycling is encouraged. Teams also will prepare 500-word essays on how to build a communications system. Prior to the regional competition, volunteers will judge each team's computer city, map and written essay. The Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Engineering Society is a judging co-sponsor.
The FPL-presented portion of National Engineers Week Future City Competition will culminate January 20, 2001, at the John D. MacArthur Campus of FAU (Jupiter), where students will verbally present their future city designs and models to panels of judges. Each team member of the top three teams will receive individual prizes courtesy of FPL.
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