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Future Cities Teams Honored

Wed Feb 6 2008

Two teams of students assisted by the Center for Educational Technologies® earned awards in the 2008 Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition held Jan. 19 in Pittsburgh.

Students from four Wheeling, WV, middle schools—Triadelphia, Wheeling, Warwood, and Bridge Street—took part in the competition, with Warwood winning best indoor environment and best creative model design. Bridge Street won most innovative design of infrastructure. Bridge Street and Triadelphia also were honored for competing in the event six years, while Warwood and Wheeling received five-year honors.

All four schools had taken part earlier in January at a rehearsal at the Center for Educational Technologies on the Wheeling Jesuit University campus. The event, coordinated by outreach staff at the center, continued work started by NASA's Mid-Atlantic Region Space Science Broker in 2005.

Future City competitors use the SimCity™ software to help construct their future city, and they are assisted by real-life area engineers who serve as mentors for their team.