A public event on campus can spark creatively on the part of campus organizations and be a real marketing win for all involved. A competition can also be the centerpiece of a learning experience for the campus and surrounding community as well.
When the Chair of Santa Clara University’s Civil Engineering department asked for library lobby space to display the regional winners’ models of the National Engineers’ Week-sponsored Future City Competition, little did he know that it would also evolve into a collaborative library exhibit and presentation.
This is how the university’s Civil Engineering department, University Library, Environmental Studies department, University Operations department and a student Residential Learning Community collaborated to present an exhibit and discussion about sustainable building practices and sustainable living in conjunction with the Future City Competition. One of the objectives of the contest is for middle-school students to create a future city that would work in harmony with the environment instead of against it. The exhibit and speaker event were created around this theme as the university is in the process of building several sustainable structures.
Boyd, Susan K., "Future City: More than a competition—it grows into a campus collaboration project!" (2006). Staff publications, research, and presentations. 216.