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Santa Clara University, Feb. 15, 2006, Vol. 6, No. 8

The future is now

In the competition, which was one of several regional contests across the country, teams of junior high school students designed futuristic cities using SimCity software, wrote essays describing their efforts, and then constructed models of part of their proposed cities using recycled materials.

Other features on display include bricks created in El Salvador from natural materials as part of a civil engineering senior design project, books on environmental issues available to check out, and a white board where visitors can post their own comments on sustainability.

The library exhibit is a lead-in to National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25. The festivities for the week will begin Tuesday, Feb. 21. That evening, Aart de Geus, CEO of Synopsys, will speak in the Wiegand Room at 6 p.m. Various student engineering clubs will sponsor games (such as paper airplane contests and bottle rocket competitions) in the grassy area between the Law Building and the IT building during the week: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:25 to 2:25 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

For each game played, contestants will receive a ticket for Friday’s grand prize drawing for an iPod Nano. Other prizes will be awarded as well. The E-week events culminate with an elevator pitch competition in Kenna Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

Participants will have the time it takes an elevator to travel 10 floors to present the most convincing pitch to judges to sell a product, garner a vote, get a job, or whatever it takes to win the contest.