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Feel like an engineer

Ready to explore your future city?

Take the challenge and step into the shoes of the engineers shaping our future. By 2055, it’s estimated that around 75% of us will live in cities – that’s a lot of people, and it will put transport, infrastructure and supply systems under extreme pressure. The Future Cities Challenge is designed to get you thinking like an engineer. It’s a series of simple challenges based on real-life problems facing today’s experts as they plan for tomorrow.

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Doing something unfamiliar

Three-day scavenger hunt

In the villages of Ajmer, a district in western India, a woman’s toe ring is the equivalent of a wedding band, which makes “toe ring” one of the most difficult-to-find items in the scavenger hunt that researchers have developed as part of the Girls’ Education Program that operates here. “It’s not something you take off,” says Ryan Hebert, manager for research, monitoring, and evaluation at Room to Read, the nonprofit managing the program. For a girl to able to produce a borrowed toe ring, he says, “demonstrates incredible negotiation skills” and suggests that “she must have already shown herself to be extremely trustworthy over time.”

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Smartest in the world

Understanding the success of Singapore’s education system

An OECD survey conducted last year found that Singapore has the smartest students in the world. The country’s 15-year-olds competed with children from 76 countries in tests that measured their abilities in maths and science. The local students proved that the city-state’s education system produces the best results. Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education assessment program says that when the world’s education ministers meet, “everyone listens very closely” when Singapore’s representative speaks. The standard of education in a country is a “powerful predictor of the wealth that countries will produce in the long run.”

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