NJ Future City Competition

On Saturday, January 14, 2012, AIA NJ helped sponsor the NJ Future City Competition, an annual competition run by ASCE as one of the activities for National Engineers Week. Held at the Student Center at the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University, this year’s competition had 77 teams from 28 schools attend the final competition on Saturday, with a total of 129 teams and more than 400 students from 36 schools participating in the preliminary rounds. AIA NJ was proud to participate in the event. 2011 AIA New Jersey President, Michael Hanrahan, AIA served as a judge while AIA New Jersey Regional Director, Jerry Eben, AIA and 2012 AIA West Jersey President, Bob O’Reilly, AIA greeted students in the Meet the Professionals forum.

This year’s winner was Acquavite di Capri from Valley Middle School in Oakland, NJ. The other winning teams and their awards for this year can be found at the following site: http://slozierdev.devcloud.acquia-sites.com/region/2012-award-winners

The mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a “hands-on” application to present their vision of a city of the future. Problem solving, teamwork, research and presentation skills, practical math and science applications, and computer skills are needed to successfully complete the Future City challenge. AIA New Jersey’s involvement is meant to highlight the inter-relatedness of architecture and engineering, and to help encourage students interested in the arts, science and mathematics.

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