NYPA Power Vista Exhibits Student Designs For Future Cities

EDITORS NOTE: The exhibit will open with a luncheon for students and their parents on Saturday, February 13, noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Power Vista.  A NYPA engineer will talk about careers in the engineering field.  Representatives of the media are welcome.

Lou Paonessa

February 9, 2010


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will exhibit, from Feb. 17 to 23, a selection of the best engineering creations by seventh- and eighth- graders from Niagara and Erie counties.  The exhibit, Future Cities, marks the observance of National Engineers Week (third week of Feb.) and National Inventors Day (Feb. 11).

The designs are based on projects developed for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition which provides a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.  During the exhibit, 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, the visitors center for NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.

During the Future City Competition, students work under the guidance of an engineer and a teacher to develop a project plan, engage in team activities, use SimCity™ software to design a model of their city and build a physical model of their city using recycled materials.  Students demonstrate their writing skills through a research essay about an engineering design problem and a narrative description explaining the features of their city design.

In addition to the Future City exhibit, 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 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. ■ More than 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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