Middle School Students From Across North America Prepare to Present Their Innovative Engineering Solutions at 28th Annual Future City® Competition Finals


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Release Date: 

February 6th, 2020

We turn on the faucet and clean water flows. Most of us don’t give it much thought. But for civil engineers, urban planners, developers, and other professionals, maintaining a reliable water supply takes expertise, planning and constant vigilance. A water-resilient city must be prepared to address a wide range of risks, including drought, flooding, population change, natural and manmade disasters and economic recession.

Since last fall, more than 45,000 middle school students from 1,500 schools in more than 40 regions across the US, China, and Canada have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2019-2020 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow, challenges students to identify an urban water system threat and develop a futuristic solution to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

In January, each region held qualifying competitions to select which teams would compete at the Future City Finals. Now, those winners are preparing to travel to Washington, DC for the Finals, to be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, February 15-19, 2020, 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).

Working with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software); a 1,500 word essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. 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?

Future City will be streaming the Finals. The livestream begins on Tuesday, February 18th at 8:30am (EST) as the competition kicks off with the annual parade of teams. The Future City Finals grand prize winner will be announced at approximately 12:00pm (EST). Watch live at discovere.org, futurecity.org, or on Facebook at facebook.com/FutureCityCompetition/

The Future City Competition has been recognized with numerous prestigious national awards as a leading engineering education program.

In 2017-18, Future City was honored by US2020 and co-founding sponsors, Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services, for its achievements and innovations in STEM education and its accessibility to underrepresented youth.

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 team mentors and regional coordinators. For more information about Future City and volunteer opportunities, visit www.futurecity.org.

Major funding for the Future City Finals comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, NCEES, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. Additional program support provided by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, EA, NASA*, Northrup Grumman Foundation, UEF and UL.

*The material contained in this document is based upon work supported by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant or cooperative agreement No. 80NSSC19M0159. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.

About 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.

CONTACT:

Future City Competition - National:

Carina Sayles

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(212) 725-5200 ext. 210

carina@sayleswinnikoff.com

 

Alyssa Tognetti

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(212) 725-5200 ext. 114

alyssa@sayleswinnikoff.com

2019-2020 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION REGIONAL WINNERS

 

 

Alabama

School: Academy for Science and Foreign Language
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Future City Name: Nitocris

 

Arizona

School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Hometown: Maricopa, AZ
Future City Name: Salt Lake City

 

California (Northern)

School: Gratton School
Hometown: Denair, CA
Future City Name: Pearl City

 

California (Southern)

School: St. Michael’s School
Hometown: Poway, CA
Future City Name: HydroCity

 

Canada (Prince Edward Island)

School: Rothesay Netherwood School

Hometown: Rothesay, NB, Canada

Future City Name: Bevetia

 

China (Shanghai)

School: Shanghai Jianping Experimental Middle School

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Future City Name: Immortacity

 

China (Sichuan)

School: Tianfu No. 7 High School

Hometown: Sichuan, China

Future City Name: Akoya

 

China (Zhejiang)

School: Hangzou Wenhai Experimental School

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

Future City Name: Faraige City

 

Colorado

School: Liberty Classical Academy

Hometown: New Castle, CO

Future City: Mikeili

 

Florida (South)

School: St. Hugh Catholic School
Hometown: Miami, FL

Future City Name: Svinopsa

 

Florida (Tampa Bay)

School: James B. Sanderlin IB World School

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Future City Name: Amanzi

 

Georgia

School: Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School
Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA
Future City Name: SMART Springs

 

Great Plains

School: Southwest Middle School
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Future City Name: Lima

 

Idaho

School: Light Of Learning

Hometown: Boise, ID

Future City Name: Luna Glacias

 

Illinois (Chicago)

School: Prairie Junior High School             

Hometown: Alsip, Illinois

Future City Name: Neositnalta

 

Indiana

School: Norwell Middle School

Hometown: Ossian, IN
Future City Name: Yemoja

 

Iowa

School: Harding Middle School
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Future City Name: Potamoi

 

Kentucky

School: Eminence Middle School
Hometown: Eminence, KY
Future City Name: Gontario

 

 

 

 

Michigan

School: St. John Lutheran
Hometown: Rochester, MI
Future City Name: Fuerstein

 

Mid-Atlantic

School: Edlin School
Hometown: Reston, VA
Future City Name: Mní-Wičóni

 

Minnesota

School: Justice Page Middle School
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Future City Name: Nuova Venezia

 

Missouri

School: St. Clair Junior High School

Hometown: St. Clair, MO

Future City Name: La Tierra Prometida

 

Nebraska

School: Wayne Junior-High School

Hometown: Wayne, NB
Future City Name: Ciudad de Oportunidad

 

Nevada

School: Saville Middle School

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Future City Name: Anthonville

 

New England

School: Evans and Barry Homeschool
Hometown: Harvard, MA
Future City Name: Ünderarctica

 

New Jersey

School: Frelinghuysen Middle School

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Future City Name: Tourmalia

 

New Mexico

School: Annunciation Catholic School

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Future City: Masfimiah

 

New York (Albany)

School: Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY
Future City Name: Nerosparta

 

New York (City)

School: Columbia Secondary School

Hometown: New York, NY
Future City Name: Aurora

 

New York (Western)

School: Mill Middle School
Hometown: Williamsville (Buffalo), NY
Future City Name: Iberis

 

North Carolina

School: Langtree Charter
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Future City Name: Chhnok Tru

 

North Dakota

School: South Heart School

Hometown: South Heart, ND
Future City Name: Quevere

 

Ohio

School: Batavia Middle School
Hometown: Batavia, OH
Future City Name: Aquawen

 

Oklahoma

School: Sequoyah Middle School
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Future City Name: Prachur Chennai

 

Pennsylvania (Central)

School: Warwick Middle School
Hometown: Lititz, PA
Future City Name: Belgrade

 

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

School: Lionville Middle School
Hometown: Exton, PA
Future City Name: Adaloquo

 

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

School: The Ellis School

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Future City Name: Tutum-Certa

 

South Carolina

School: Merriwether Middle School
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Future City Name: Novus Valde

 

Tennessee

School: Anoor Academy of Knoxville

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Future City Name: Morungatuny

 

Texas (Houston)

School: Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning
Hometown: Houston, TX
Future City Name: Agua Propre City

 

 

 

 

Texas (North)

School: DiscoverSTEM
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Future City Name: Pawlington

 

Washington

School: Valley Catholic Middle School
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Future City Name: Hydro City

 

Wisconsin

School: Glen Hills Middle School
Hometown: Glendale, WI
Future City Name: Swivenzille