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Champions of 27th Annual Future City® Competition Announced
February 20, 2019

A city of the future – Toyama – engineered by students from Warwick Middle School in Lititz, PA, – has won the Grand Prize recently at the 2019 Future City® Competition – the 27th year of this prestigious international program. The Future City Finals, which concluded recently at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, is one of the showcase events taking place during Engineers Week.

Since last fall, more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,500 schools in 41 US regions, as well as teams from Canada and China, have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2018-2019 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Powering Our Future, challenges students to design innovative ways to power their future city that can that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

Warwick Middle School, from the Central Pennsylvania region, takes home the Grand Prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for its school’s STEM program (provided by Finals sponsor Bentley Systems, Inc.). Their city’s solution is based on the model the team researched, developed and presented.

Second place went to Alabama Region students from Academy for Science and Foreign Language in Huntsville for their Future City, Emerald City. Their school receives a $5,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Kaifukuryoku – engineered by New Jersey Region students from JerseySTEM – took third place honors. Their program receives a $2,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by Shell.

Honorable mention for fourth place went to Idaho Region students from Sacred Heart Catholic School for their Future City, Baru. Fifth place was awarded to Mid-Atlantic Region students from Edlin School for their city Imperium. Each receives $750 for their organization’s STEM programs, sponsored by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying).

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.

Major funding for the Future City Finals comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. Additional program support provided by EA, NCEES, UEF, and UL. UL also sponsored the City Essay this cycle.

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