In conjunction with the upcoming 15th annual National Engineers Week in mid-February, the event organizers are again holding a design competition for seventh and eighth grade students. This year's competition involves designing a city of the future using the game SimCity 3000. One of the main requirements is to design an alternative energy strategy that uses fuel cells as a power system.

The teams have to design a computer model in the game, build a physical model of the city, and write an essay with their analysis. The essay has to describe the energy plan, what type of fuel cell technology is being used, the sizing of the cells and the electrical distribution. Regional competitions for this year are happening in January and those winners will be going on to the National finals in Washington in February. The winning team will win a trip to Space Camp.


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