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K-12 Art and Design Competition
Buildings, Cities and Bridges of the 22nd Century
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The UNL College of Engineering invites Nebraska K-12 students to use their imaginations and envision the cities of the future.

 

This competition is part of the "Building the 22nd Century" Conference, to be held October 14-16, 2013 at the CenturyLink in Omaha and organized by the UNL College of Engineering, in collaboration with the College of Architecture.

Competition Description: Today’s students will face a future of serious issues intermixed with technological progress, and they will have the opportunity to solve problems through the design of the built environment. With an expected global population of 15-20 billion and environmental issues in the 22nd century, extensive planning will be needed to predict and design the megacities of the future. It is important for current students and professionals to think creatively and collaborate to create forward-thinking designs.

Through this competition, K-12 students will use their opinions and creativity to answer the question: “What will 22nd century buildings, bridges, or cities look like?”

Students are encouraged to use their imagination without being overly concerned about the practicality or feasibility of their ideas or designs. The ideas, content and style of display are open to the creativity of the student.

The students are also encouraged to consider some of the following themes for designs to their best knowledge and understanding: building integrated modeling; sustainability; climate change and its effects on building design; and hazards resistance against earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados.

 

Competition Awards:
  • K-4 Grades: Winners will receive a certificate and a cash award (checks will be mailed at a later date): 1st place = $50 / 2nd place = $35 / 3rd place = $25. The school the 1st place winner* currently attends will receive a $1,000 stipend** to be used for science, math, and pre-engineering classes/programming.
  • 5-8 Grades: Winners/teams will receive certificates and a cash award** (checks will be mailed at a later date): 1st place = $100 / 2nd place = $75 / 3rd place = $50. The school the 1st place winner/team* currently attends will receive a $1,000 stipend** to be used for science, math, and pre-engineering classes/programming.
  • 9-12 Grades: Winners/teams will receive certificates and a cash award** (checks will be mailed at a later date): 1st place = $100 / 2nd place = $75 / 3rd place = $50. The school the 1st place winner/team* currently attends will receive a $1,000 stipend** to be used for science, math, and pre-engineering classes/programming.

* Cash awards are per winner/team (not per each team member).

** The $1,000 stipends will be awarded to the winning student’s/team’s school or, in the event that the winner is home schooled, a non-profit K-12 educational organization in support of broad-based STEM programming.

 

Grade Level Competition Category Entrant
K - 4 Create a drawing/poster or physical model*. Individuals
5 - 8 Create a poster, PowerPoint slide or physical model* explaining a 22nd century theme, design, idea or topic. Individual or 2-3 person teams
9 - 12 Create a poster, PowerPoint slide or physical model* explaining a 22nd century theme, design, idea or topic. Individual or 2-3 person teams
 

* All physical models must be constructed by the student or team with minimal adult assistance. The student can be imaginative with the use of traditional or nontraditional materials, but all materials must be inexpensive and constructed without the use of dangerous equipment. Judging will be based on ideas, originality, care, and effort— not on the quality of purchased materials. For the competition, we will accept the actual model or photos of the model (included on the poster submitted).

Description of the Competition Experience

A parent/guardian, student or teacher can register the applicant student or student teams via the competition form.

Final submissions should include a brief paragraph (typed by the parent, teacher, or the student as appropriate) with the student or team’s explanation of the poster, PowerPoint slide or model.

Project submissions will be displayed during the “Building the 22nd Century” conference (October 14-16, CenturyLink Center in Omaha). During conference breaks, posters will be displayed where all conference attendees, including world-renowned speakers and industry representatives, and faculty and students from UNL and other universities, can visit the competition submissions.

Finalists and winners will be selected by a team of judges composed of UNL faculty. Winners will be notified following the conference. Entries and winners will be publicized on the college website, in a hometown news release (as appropriate), with information to the schools, etc.

Date Competition Timeline
October 9 Contest entry submission deadline
October 1-13 Participants are contacted with instructions for conference display
October 14-16 Exhibition of posters and drawings during the conference. The winners will be selected for each category on Tuesday, Oct. 15 by a jury of UNL faculty
 

 

Poster Recommendations: (Grades 5-12)
  • Presentation: The maximum recommended poster size is 30” x 40”. Posters can be created using Microsoft PowerPoint (Design tab > Page Setup) or other design software.
  • At least one rendering or image of the design should be included on the poster. These images can include drawings, sketches, or models. A sample poster is included on the competition website.
  • Information on the poster can include: an introduction, a discussion and explanation for the design/idea/theme/topic, and a conclusion. Students are not limited or required to follow this outline.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
For posters (PDF is preferred) or PowerPoint slides

Mail it:

  • Complete the online registration form.
  • Include a copy of the completed form with the package.
  • Mail the drawings/posters/flashdrives (with design/PowerPoint loaded) to: UNL College of Engineering, 1110 S. 67th St., The Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha, NE 68182-0176 / Attn: Kate Fickle
  • The package must be postmarked by Oct. 7, 2013.

Upload it electronically:

  • To upload your form, go to the UNL DropBox http://dropbox.unl.edu/cgi-bin/ajaxupload.pl Choose your file (PDF or Powerpoint) and click “begin upload.” You will see a message with the link for accessing the file. Copy this text, which you will include on the registration form.
  • Complete the online registration form. Paste the above DropBox text (see sample below) into the Upload Poster field on the registration form.
  • You will receive a message when your form has been successfully submitted.

Drop it off (posters/drawings/models):

  • Complete the online registration form.
  • Attach a copy of the completed form with the submission.
  • Models should be dropped off at the UNL College of Engineering at the Lincoln City Campus (114 Othmer Hall, 17th and Vine St., Lincoln) or the Omaha Campus (1110 South 67th Street, The Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha), by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.
  • The package must be postmarked by Oct. 7, 2013.
For models:
  • Complete the online registration form.
  • Attach a copy of the completed form with the submission.
  • Models should be dropped off at the UNL College of Engineering at the Lincoln City Campus (114 Othmer Hall, 17th and Vine St., Lincoln) or the Omaha Campus (1110 South 67th Street, The Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha), by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.
  • Note: Submissions will not be returned. If requested, you may make arrangements to pick them up from the College of Engineering.
Competition Competition Contacts:

Competition coordinator: Dr. Ece Erdogmus, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction: (402) 554-2035 / eerdogmus2@unl.edu

Competition assistant coordinator: Katherine Fickle, Undergraduate Assistant, Architectural Engineering, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, 402-618-3583/ kfickle@unomaha.edu