1999 National Engineers Week Future City Competition
Mass Pioneer Valley Region
Winning Teams - January. 23, 1999

Regional Winners /City Name School Address Team Members Contact Person
First Place /DARK NOVA Powder Mill Middle School Southwick, MA Richard Lanier, Clayton Faits, Thomas Hansen, Krista Ricupero Susan Pac
Second Place /PARKVIEW Immaculate Conception School Indian Orchard, MA Kevin King, Margaret Hunter, Gregory Rooke, Missy Mucha Terese M. Prebish
Third Place /WILLISTOWN The Williston Northampton School Easthampton, MA Tom Jenkins, Zachery Jenkins, Micha Lamdin Kristopher Wiemer
1st Honorable Mention /KEHMATOJAY Fairview Veterans Memorial Chicopee, MA Rebecca Sherer, O.J. Caldwell, Keisha Fortin Deirdre Scott
2nd Honorable Mention /KASTLEVELT Roosevelt Middle School
New Britain, CT
Stephen Agostinucci,   Adriel Henderson, Crystal Pianco Marianne Walczak

The 1st & 2nd place teams will present their winning entries at the National Engineer's Week Banquet Sponsored by ASME/WMS & ESWM on Feb. 16th at Storrowton in W. Spfld.

The following article appeared in the Sunday Republican on January 24, 1999

Southwick team, wins city contest

By MICHAEL McAULIFFE      Staff writer, Sunday Republican

SPRINGFIELD - Not bad for living in a black hole.

Dark Nova, the city designed by Krista B. Ricupero, Thomas S. Hansen and Clayton E. Faits of Powder Mill Middle School in Southwick, was chosen the winner yesterday in the regional National Engineers Week Future City Competition at Western New England College.

In all, young people from six schools faced off in the competition to design a future city. The Southwick students will now compete in the national finals at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The competition will take place during National Engineers Week, Feb. 21-27.

"I don't think I've actually realized that we've won yet," Faits said late yesterday afternoon.

But Faits, who said the, team spent at least 200 hours on the project, indicated there will be additional work done before the national finals.

Faits was on the Powder Mill team that won last year's regional competition, but that team did not participate in the national finals. Susan F. Pac, a teacher at the school who along with engineer Richard Lanier has guided the team, said following yesterday's victory she is particularly happy Faits will now get to go to Washington.

The Powder Mill team received $100, a gold medal, a trophy and a plaque for yesterday's victory. The team from Immaculate Conception School in Springfield was awarded second place and third place went to The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton.

In addition, teams won special awards for being judged best in a number of categories, including residential zoning, urban planning, and power system generation.

The contest is for seventh- and eighth-graders. The region covered in yesterday's competition included all of Massachusetts and northern and central Connecticut.

Each team's effort included included a computer design of its city; three-dimensional model of a portion of the community, with at least one moving part; a short abstract describing the city and an essay on designing a solution to a transportation problem; and an oral presentation.

The cities were fictional, but the students had to deal with a host of dilemmas that confront real cities, such as crime, pollution, traffic jams, and unemployment.

Teams were judged by a panel that included Eric Haffner, dean of the WNEC School of Engineering; Springfield Planning Director Linda Petrella; and Tim Brennan director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Dark City is a community centered around scientific research that features an Eiffel Tower-like structure that is a combination power and weather station. It is also a city where you can get eye implants to simulate whatever kind of overhead sky you want, and where the citizens simulate participating in different sports through a treadmill workouts during which they wear virtual-reality headgear.

It is also a place where teen-agers would surely like to live.

"All learning is done in school because homework is found to be detrimental to your health," said Ricupero, 14, who sported a pair of Mr. Spock ears for yesterday's oral presentation.

Margaret R. Hunter, a seventh grader at Immaculate Conception said she learned something about engineers as a result of her team's project.

"It's a tough job being an engineer," the 13-year-old said, adding: "I have a great respect for engineers now."

Krista B. Ricupero, a student at the Powder Mill Middle School in Southwick, explains her team's entry ,"DARK NOVA", to judges Eric Haffner, left, Georgianne Hoyman and Tom Brennan during the regional National Engineers Week Future City Competition at Western New England College.

(Staff photo by Mark M. Murray)


Matt Taslitt, left, Keisha Forrtin and O.J. Caldwell of Fairview Veternas Memorial Middle School in Chicoppe explain their entry 'KEHMATOJAY" as judges listen during the regional National Engineers Week Future City Competition at Western New England College.

(Staff photo by Mark M. Murray)