Third Annual Student Exhibition On Future Cities To Be Held At NYPA Power Vista
February 3, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will exhibit the best engineering creations by seventh- and eighth- grade students from various Western New York schools from Feb.12 to 25. The designs are based on projects developed for the national Future City Competition which is held in conjunction with National Engineers Week. Approximately 15 designs for cities of the future will be on display daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Niagara Power Project’s visitor center, the Power Vista.
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 design. The Western New York regional competition took place at Mt. St. Mary Academy on Sat., Jan. 22.
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 www.nypa.gov for a complete schedule of activities.
■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.