Arizona’s Veritas Homeschoolers Win Society of Fire Protection Engineers’ Award at the National Engineers Week Future City Competition

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Homeschoolers Awarded at 2012 National Engineers Week Future City Competition

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Photo by KRR Photography. Front Row: Jessie Friedman, Cambrie Hickman, Rachel Fisher, and Timothy Graunke. Back Row: Ken Ekstrom (Engineer Mentor), Allan Freedman (SFPE), Mary Ann Ekstrom (Teacher).

America needs more good engineers and this competition will encourage these exceptional students to become the engineers of the future.

Arizona’s Veritas Homeschoolers were awarded for best fire protection engineering that keeps people and property safe from fire. This award was presented by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) at the 2012 National Engineers Week Future City Competition.

    “The Future Cities competition gives students the opportunity to apply the math and science they learned in school to a real-world application,” said SFPE Engineering Program Manager Chris Jelenewicz. “America needs more good engineers and this competition will encourage these exceptional students to become the engineers of the future.”

    Using computer software, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students designed a city of the future. The students worked as a team with a teacher and volunteer engineer mentor to build a large tabletop scale model of a city and presented their design concepts before a panel of judges at the competition.

    The fire protection engineering award is given to the team that best includes fire protection features into their city. These features may include structural fire resistance, detection and suppression systems, egress systems, alerting systems, and limitation of combustibles.

    “The fire protection engineering award winners were recognized for incorporating the principles of fire safety engineering to make their city safer from fire,” said Jelenewicz.

    About the Future City Competition
    The National Engineers Week Future City Competition is a program developed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to help them discover and foster interests in math, science and engineering. Students work in teams under the guidance of a teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor to design and build a city of tomorrow. They create cities on computers and then build three-dimensional, tabletop models to scale. Students also write brief narratives describing their city and must present and defend their designs at the competition before a panel of engineer judges who test the depth of the teams’ knowledge.

    For more information about Future City visit http://www.futurecity.org.

    About Society of Fire Protection Engineers
    Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the professional organization that represents engineers engaged in fire protection worldwide. Through its membership of over 5,000 professionals and 65 international chapters, SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering while maintaining a high ethical standard. SFPE and its members serve to make the world a safer place by reducing the burden of unwanted fire through the application of science and technology.

    For more information about SFPE please visit http://www.sfpe.org.

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