Development of the Treasure Valley its transportation
systems, power grids, commercial and residential areas
for the next 145 years will be left to the imagination of
teen-agers, beginning next year.
Budding engineers will use a computer simulation game SimCity
to design the Treasure Valley of 2150 as part of the National
Engineers Week Future City competition that will be
staged in Boise for the first time in 2005.
Boise will be named a regional host site for the competition
at a Monday news conference on the Boise State University
campus. The news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Room
110 of the Engineering Technology Building.
The annual competition brings together aspiring engineers
who are in the seventh or eighth grade. Their task is to design
a city using the SimCity software, one year at a time, culminating
with a Future City of 2150.
During the preparation process, the students work with
an engineer mentor that helps guide the team, according
to the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. After
they design the city, the students make a scale model of part
of the city, prepare a 500-word essay, and give an oral presentation
at the competition.
The competition is an educational outreach program
that has components relating to numerous curriculum requirements
so teachers can incorporate this fun learning activity into
their classroom, according to the announcement.
Idaho students who participated in the past (most recently
last month) had to travel to Seattle. Next fall, students
will begin preparations for the Boise regional competition.
If 25 schools participate at the regional event, the regional
winner will advance to the national competition in Washington,
D.C. Travel expenses are covered for the winning school.
Volunteers, most of whom are engineers, host the nonprofit
event. The educational activity is funded by individual and
corporate contributions and support from several local engineering
Sponsors for the Idaho Future City competition are: the Idaho
Society of Professional Engineers, the Southern Idaho Section
of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Boise State
College of Engineering, the Eastern Idaho Council of Engineering
Societies, and the Boise Section of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers.
For more information on the Future City competition check
out the national
web site: www.futurecity.org <http://www.futurecity.org/>
To find out about the Idaho competition, check the web site
at: sections.asce.org/sis/futurecity.html <http://sections.asce.org/sis/futurecity.html>
The Foothills School of Arts and Sciences team that competed
in the Seattle regional Future City competition this year
will show the scale model of its city at Mondays press