The FemGineers, the all-woman engineering club at Heritage Middle School competed in the New Jersey Regional, National Engineers Week: Future City Design Competition, where they presented their solutions to engineer judges in a formal presentation.
The FemGineers began the process by submitting a research report on water conservation and purification. Following this, they learned about city infrastructure by utilizing Sim City Design software. They worked hard to meet the requirements, which included a computer design with an additional essay abstract describing their city.
The "FemGineers", the all-female engineering club at Heritage Middle School took on this challenge. They presented their solutions to engineer judges in a formal presentation. They worked with an engineer mentor to complete their submissions.
Sixty of the top middle schools in the state met at Rutgers on Saturday, January 17th to compete. This was Heritage Middle School's first year participating. The models the FemGineers designed for the event included well over seventy hours of work by each student. All the time committed to the design of the models took place before and after school, as well as during the students' lunch periods over the past four months. They even came to school over winter recess to work.
Many schools had more than one team at this event, but Heritage Middle School was the only school with multiple awards.
Team Enviroville, made up of Amy Xu, Jessica Lieberman, Melissa Nanquil, and Jeanette Ng took home "Best City Infrastructure Award" for their innovative building design that collects and reuses rainwater, their incorporation of rooftop gardens, as well as their detailed essay on water management. As part of this award, the students won a field trip for their class to New Jersey American Water Company to see firsthand how water is collected, treated and managed, and to observe how their systems are powered by solar energy.
Team Hazel City, made up of Sabrina Jimenez, Marta Silva, Solange Luftman, and Joy Horng took home 7th place overall. This award is remarkable when compared to the number of cities entered and the fact that this was their first year competing. Each young lady received a $50 gift card to the Sports Authority.
The FemGineers were guided by the commitment and dedication of Kenneth Zushma, Technology Education teacher, and mentor engineer Steven Nagy from Hatch Mott MacDonald, an award-winning full service consulting engineering firm offering public and private clients multi-disciplinary expertise and comprehensive capabilities in planning, project development, studies and analysis, design, procurement, construction engineering and inspection; as well as project, program and construction management, and facility maintenance and operations.