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The Zika Virus: Is a Pandemic Brewing?

After two intense weeks of covering media related matters for the Future City Competition Arizona Region, I am finally able to shift my focus and cover other topics, again. One of those topics that has been tugging for my attention the past two weeks is coverage of the Zika (pronounced Zee-kuh) virus. [Featured Photo: The … Continue reading

Arizona Region Awards Winners – List 2: Professional Engineering Societies, National, and Arizona Awards

  Phoenix, AZ: This release/post completes the list of awards that were given to very deserving recipients at the 19th annual Future City Competition Arizona Region on Saturday, January 23, 2016.   Sponsoring Engineering Society Award, Criteria and Recipient   American Council of Engineering Companies  of Arizona Award: Best Application of Business Practices Award Criteria: … Continue reading

Arizona Region Awards Winners – List 1: Place, City, and Honorary Award Recipients

Phoenix, AZ: If you’ve been following the most recent posts/news releases for this year’s competition, you already know that the 1st Place Team and region winner for the Future City Competition Arizona Region is the City of Alegria by Team Veritas Ville of Veritas Home Schoolers. Team members are Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki, and Madyison … Continue reading

Veritas Homeschoolers’ Student Team Wins AZ Region STEM Competition

    Phoenix, AZ: “Waste is a misplaced resource.” This is one of the phrases that Team Veritas Ville uses to describe their city of the future, Alegria, which, in Portuguese means joy. Team Veritas Ville (Alegria) left to right: Chloe Blomquist, Skene Black, Adriana Baniecki (presenter), Edward Wang, Madyison Nichols (presenter), Jeremy Graunke (presenter), … Continue reading

Measuring Hot, Hot, Hot With Scoville Heat Units

Google’s latest doodle reminds us that today is the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, an American pharmacist who created the Scoville Oranoleptic Test which is better known as the Scoville Scale. What? What? What? Even more interesting, Mr. Scoville’s birthday just happens to fall on a Friday when Winter Storm Jonas is expanding its wintry … Continue reading

Middle School Students STEM Competition This Saturday at Arizona State University

Student team members and engineering judges at Future City Competition Arizona Region on Saturday, January 17, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.   Phoenix, AZ:  We are days away from the Future City Competition Arizona Region that will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at: Arizona State University Memorial Union 301 East Orange Mall Tempe, AZ … Continue reading

3-D Models of Future Cities by Copperwood Elementary School Students

We are less than one day away from the opening of the Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models hosted by the Future City Competition Arizona Region. The exhibit begins this Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Burton-Barr Library in downtown Phoenix, AZ. Building a physical model is one of several deliverables that each student team … Continue reading

Middle School Students Prep for Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models

Phoenix, AZ: This posts serves as a reminder to members of the news media and the public that one of the major events of the 2015-2016 Future City Competition Arizona Region – Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models – begins this Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Burton-Barr Library in downtown Phoenix. You never know … Continue reading

Quick Reader Poll: Would You Buy The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator?

  The annual Computer and Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV is history until next year. I enjoyed viewing and listening to critiques of some of the new product ideas while watching television news or scrolling through frequent updates on social media. In case you are not familiar with CES, as Wired Magazine puts … Continue reading

Gas Prices Expected To Remain Lower For Longer

It’s been just over a month since my last post on U.S. gas prices: Crude Oil Less Than Distilled Water for 2015 Holiday Season. With gas prices hovering around $2.00 per gallon, most U.S. motorists were handed a personal Christmas present. GasBuddy.com calculates that U.S. motorists saved $134 billion on gasoline in 2015 over what they … Continue reading