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EWeek puts engineers in the spotlight.

The annual Engineers Week threw a spotlight on engineers all over the world.

The festivities kicked off a few days before the official start of Engineers Week with the championship round of the Future City Competition, which was held Feb. 17-19 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Teams of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders from across the U.S. were asked to design and build a model of a futuristic urban farm community. Forty thousand middle school students from 1,350 schools were involved.

A team of students from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester, Mich., won the grand prize with an entry they called "Lekol-la-ffe." The students on the team were Leah Schroeder, Emily Abramczyk, and Abby Dayton. The school won last year's competition as well.

Second place went to West Ridge Middle School from Austin, Texas, and the Academy for Science and Foreign Language from Huntsville, Ala., took third place.

Other events associated with EWeek included "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" on February 26. Workshops, lab tours, online discussions, and hands-on projects at companies, universities and other locations gave young women the chance to learn about engineering careers from women who work in the profession.

The Family Day event, held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., featured nearly 30 exhibitors presenting hands-on activities exploring basic science and engineering principles. The daylong event, which attracts thousands of attendees each year, is designed to introduce grade school students to the importance of technological literacy.

In early March, DiscoverE, the non-profit group that organizes EWeek, presented the 2015 Global Marathon, a free, online event for women in engineering and technology worldwide. The three-day event, which coincided with International Women's Day, consisted of a globally connected group of live webcasts as well as locally organized, in-person satellite events taking place throughout the world.

Each of the three days focused on a specific theme: "New Horizons for Women in Engineering and Technology" on March 9, "Your Horizon: Finding Perspective" on March 10, and "Explore Your Next Horizon" on March 11.

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Title Annotation:ASME NEWS
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Date:Apr 1, 2015
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