Young teens design award-winning city

GREAT KILLS -- The issue of creating green “living space” for people who have lost their homes due to a natural disaster, or financial disaster, is extremely timely, considering the news coming out of Haiti. It’s something we as a country need to think about.

It was the issue tackled by several teams of ambitious students from Barnes Intermediate School during the 2010 National Engineers Week Future City regional competition at Brooklyn’s Polytechnic Institute.

Their hard work and creativity earned them awards in several categories — and second-place overall — among the dozens of New York-area teams of students who entered projects.

Among the winning teams from Barnes, three received an award in a particular category, while a fourth, represented by eighth-graders Gary Lei and Christopher Pessalano, took second-place overall. They each won a $2,000-per year scholarship to to NYU-Poly Tech.

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