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For the past few months, a select group of D.C. middle and junior high schoolers skipped a day of school each week to take a crash course in urban design at the National Building Museum. Taught by local architects, designers, and artists, the classes were supplemented with visits to local neighborhoods, where the kids interviewed residents about problems—and then went to work on various architectural solutions. The program, now in its eighth year, is called CityVision, and the 20-odd participants didn’t get to play truant altogether: They will get academic credit for the graded program. And tonight, they will present their homemade scale models, site maps, and blueprints before a panel of architects and urban planners in a highly public final exam. Don’t come expecting the grilling to be too brutal, though: The questioning will eventually give way to awards and refreshments. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. (Eli Muller)