NYPA Power Vista Hosts Fourth Annual Student Exhibition On Future Cities

EDITORS NOTE: The exhibit will open with a reception and guest speaker for students and their parents on Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Power Vista. NYPA Engineer Ed Szpala will talk about careers in the engineering field. Media coverage is welcome.

Teresa Martinez                                                                                                                                  


February 10, 2012


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will exhibit some of the best engineering creations from sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from various Western New York schools from Feb. 11 through Feb. 26. The exhibition coincides with the observance of National Engineers Week. The designs are based on projects developed for the National Engineers Week Future City engineering competition.  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 Vista’s visitors 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 city design.  This year’s design theme was “Fuel Your Future: Imagine ways to meet our energy needs and maintain a healthy planet.”

For more information about the Future City Competition, contact Western New York Regional Coordinator, Future City Competition, Karen Armstrong, at 51 San Rafael Court, East Amherst, NY 14051, 716-228-9191 or futurecitywny@gmail.com.

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, plus spectacular views from the observation deck, 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.  Parking and admission,
including entry to the exhibition, 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/vc/niagara.htmfor a complete schedule of activities.

About NYPA:

■ 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.


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