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What will transportation of the future look like?

Louisiana middle-school teams can now register to participate in the state’s Future City Competition to be judged early next year at Southeastern Louisiana University. Teams of students in grades 6-8 will participate in the National Engineers Week Foundation’s 2013-14 Future City Competition, where they are asked to design what future transportation may look like using the simulation program SimCity software, which is provided free to all registered participants.

futurecity_logo.jpgNational Engineers Week Foundation’s 2013-14 Future City Competition website

Louisiana Regional Coordinator Cris Koutsougeras, professor of computer science at Southeastern, said this year’s theme for the national competition is “Tomorrow’s Transit: Design a Way to Move People in and around Your City.”

Deadline to register teams is October 31. For information and school registration, visit www.futurecity.org. Questions can also be directed to Koutsougeras as ck@selu.edu.

The Louisiana regional competition will take place Jan. 25 on Southeastern’s campus in Hammond, with the winning team participating in the national competition being held during February in Washington, D.C. While the program has been around for more than 20 years, this is only the third year the competition has been held in Louisiana.

“Each year, we have seen an increasing number of schools expressing an interest in the competition and entering teams,” said Kousougeras. “It is encouraging to see the ingenuity and inventiveness these young people put into their models and presentations.”
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