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“Mega Engineering” Video Contest

Engineering 4 U video contest logo 2016Mega Engineering is the theme for the National Academy of Engineering’s 3rd annual Engineering for You video contest (E4U3). Individuals or teams of students in middle school, high school, and college are invited to create and sumbit short, 1 to 2 minute videos focusing on a complex engineering endeavor that spans geographic and cultural boundaries – such as building communications networks or sanitation systems – and how these projects benefit society. The grand prize is $25,000.

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Sochi’s Big Olympics Dig

Sochi Olympic constructionIt takes host cities a lot of time, money, and engineering to prepare for the Olympics, and Sochi, the Russian seaside resort that will welcome athletes and fans from around the world this February, is no exception. Along with luge runs and ice arenas, the area’s 218 Olympic projects include a new high-speed rail and seaport.

A recent Businessweek article estimated the total at $51 billion, making Russia’s games the costliest in history

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Drought Parches Over Half of U.S.

drought cornAs one of the worst droughts in decades continues to shrivel reservoirs and sear fields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated more than half of all counties – 1,584 in 32 states – primary disaster areas this growing season. While the dry, hot spell has decimated agriculture, it also has strained the steel, asphalt, and other engineered parts of the nation’s infrastructure.

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