Talented Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders Prepare to Present Their Innovative Solutions as They Tackle This Year’s Theme,
The Power of Public Space
at 25th Annual Future City® Competition Finals
Washington DC, February 2, 2017 – Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. They can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. A recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted about 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.
Since last fall, more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools in 37 US regions, as well as teams from Canada, China, and the Middle East, have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2016-2017 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, The Power of Public Space, encourages students to design innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves a city’s diverse population.
In January, each region held qualifying competitions to select the team that will compete at the Future City Finals. Now, those winners are preparing to travel to Washington, DC for the Finals, to be held at the Capital Hilton, February 18-21, 2017, during Engineers Week. The exciting competition takes place over four days and culminates with one team taking home the grand prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for their school’s STEM program (provided by Finals sponsor Bentley Systems).
The Future City Competition is a project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?
During the Future City Competition, students work as a team to complete five deliverables. They design a virtual city using SimCity™ software. They research a city-wide issue and write an essay describing their findings and innovative solutions. Teams complete a project plan to help keep their project on track. They also build a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials and create a short presentation about their city.
To commemorate its 25th year, Future City is honoring those whose tireless contributions make the competition possible. Highlighted on its social media pages and on FutureCity.org are blog posts featuring 25 exceptional students, educators, mentors, volunteers and partners who have participated in the program – past and present.
This year Future City will be streaming the Finals as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. The livestream begins on Tuesday, February 21st at 8:30am (EST) as the competition kicks off with the annual parade of teams. The Future City National Finals grand prize winner will be announced at approximately 12:00pm (EST). Watch live at futurecity.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/FutureCityCompetition/
One of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and among the most popular, Future City has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2016, the Future City Competition received the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction, presented by Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum.
In 2015, Future City was named the grand prize winner in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program, receiving a $100,000 award. The UL award highlights the essential, urgent and significant value of E-STEM education.
Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including mentors and regional coordinators. For information about Future City or to volunteer, visit www.futurecity.org.
Major funding for Future City comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE.
DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.
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2016-17 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION REGIONAL WINNERS
School: Academy for Science and Foreign Language
School: Victory Middle School
School: Veritas Homeschoolers
School: Prairie Junior High School
School: Gratton School
School: Riverview Middle Magnet
School: The Mirman School
School: Franklin Middle School
School: Alexander Graham Bell Public School
Hometown: Ajax, ON
Future City Name: City of Devata
Canada (Prince Edward Island)
School: Grace Christian School
Hometown: Charlottetown, PE
Future City Name: Bomestado
School: China Wuhan Foreign Language School
Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei
Future City Name: Shanhai Polis
School: Shanghai Jianping Experimental Middle School
Hometown: Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai
Future City Name: Tomorrowland
School: Chengdu No.7 Wanda High School
Hometown: Moziqiao, Chengdu
Future City Name: Wonderland
School: Future Language School
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Future City Name: Paradise City
School: St. Hugh Catholic School
School: Graves County 4-H
School: Scotlandville Middle Magnet
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Future City Name: Grafikós Póli
School: St. Valentine School
School: Edlin School
School: St. Francis of Assisi School
School: Wayne Jr-Sr. High School
School: W. Mack Lyon Middle School
Florida (Tampa Bay)
School: Berkeley Preparatory School
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Future City Name: Destination Detroit
School: Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School
School: St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School
School: Iselin Middle School
Hometown: Iselin, NJ
Future City Name: Novus Initium
School: Southwest Middle School
School: Annunciation Catholic School
New York (Albany)
School: New Lebanon Jr.-Sr. High School
School: St. Bede School
New York (City)
School: Trinity Regional School
Hometown: East Northport, NY
School: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School
New York (Western)
School: Mill Middle School
School: Carpenters Middle School
Hometown: Maryville, TN
Future City Name: Pacific, TN
School: Hanes Magnet School
School: Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning
School: Oakwood Middle School
School: Warwick Middle School
School: Lionville Middle School
School: West Ridge Middle School
School: Richland School District (Three Rivers Homelink)
School: Forest Park Middle School