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Champions of 28th Annual Future City® Competition Announced
February 20, 2020

A city of the future – Yemoja – engineered by students from Norwell Middle School in Ossian, Indiana – has won the Grand Prize recently at the 2020 Future City® Competition – the 28th year of this prestigious international program. The students, Jordyn Xayyachack, Teagan Lesley, Madeline McCabe, Nevada Lenwell, Morgan Batdorff, Connor Reed, Cassandra Coyne, Eli Randol and Lukas Mashuda, teamed with educators Bill Bostain, Stephanie Scott and Bonnie Dickey as well as volunteer mentor Albert Bostain, to earn this year’s top honors. 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 45,000 middle school students from 1,500 schools in more than 40 US regions, as well as teams from Canada and China, have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2019-2020 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow, challenged students to identify an urban water system threat and develop a futuristic solution to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

Norwell Middle School takes home the Grand Prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for its school’s science, technology, engineering and math (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 Great Plains region from Southwest Middle School in Lawrence, Kansas. The students, Jake Loos, Julia Kwan, Yejun Yun, Monte Asisian, Dawson Bonnell, Connor Brown, Steven Duan, Ethan Hart, Roman Jasso, John Platkowski, Cooper Stone, Elliott Storm and Braden Walton teamed with educators Dani Lotton-Barker and Jamie Shaw along with volunteer mentor Chris Storm for their Future City, Lima. Their school receives a $5,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Third place winning city, Chhnok Tru – engineered by North Carolina region students from Langtree Charter Academy in Mooresville, NC – 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 New York-Albany students from Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School in Burnt Hills, NY for their Future City, Nerosparta. Fifth place was awarded to Idaho region students from Light Of Learning School in Boise for their city Luna Glacias. 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, NCEES, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. Additional program support provided by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, EA, NASA*, Northrup Grumman Foundation, UEF and UL.

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