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NYPA Power Vista Hosts Student Exhibition On Future Cities

Louis Pasonessa

716 286-6651

March 10, 2009


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will exhibit some of the best engineering creations of seventh- and eighth- grade students from various Western New York schools March 14-27. The designs are based on projects developed for the national Future City engineering competition.  During the week of March 14, approximately 20 designs for cities of the future will be on display daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Niagara Power Vista visitors center. 

The Future City Competition is a hands-on way for students to learn about engineering by building and designing model cities. Working under the guidance of an engineer and a teacher, students develop a project plan to guide team activities, use SimCity™ software to design a logical model of their city and build a physical model of their city using recycled materials. They demonstrate their writing skills through a research essay about an engineering design problem and by writing a narrative explaining the features of their city design. 

In addition to the Future City exhibits, the Power Vista features displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular views from the observation deck, 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.  Parking and admission at the Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston, are always free of charge. 

For more information, call 716-286-6661 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN, or visit for a complete schedule of activities.

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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