WASHINGTON, — A city of the future — “RA” — engineered by students from Heritage Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, has won the 2008 National Engineers Week Future City Competition™. The students — Glen Gainer, Emma Henderson, and Jeremy Boyd, all age 13 — teamed up with their teacher Debra Pellington, and volunteer mentor, Ted Beidler, P.E., from Franklin County Engineers. Heritage was the winner of the Ohio regional competition held on Saturday, January 19 at COSI Columbus.
Teams from 36 middle schools nationwide, winners of regional competitions in January, participated in the Future City National Finals, February 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Second place went to Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, New York for their Future City, Mohala. Our Lady Help of Christians School in Abington, Pennsylvania took third place honors for their Future City, “Port Tranquility.” Fourth place went to Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and fifth place to Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell, Georgia. Queen of Angels also won the special award for Best Essay and Westridge Middle School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas won Best Model.
Future City poses challenges that intrigue young minds and demand their best. In turn, students are energized about science, technology, and mathematics, laying an early groundwork for a much larger qualified engineering workforce, which is critically needed today.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
National Engineers' Week
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