26th Annual Future City® Competition Finals: The Age-Friendly City

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February 5th, 2018

Washington DC, February 5th, 2018 – Long-held assumptions about aging are being radically redefined. Older adults are living longer, staying in the workforce longer and living independently for longer than ever. This population is also growing and altering society’s overall demographics. By 2050, older adults will outnumber children under the age of 14.

Since last fall, more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools in 41 US regions, as well as teams from Canada, China, and the Middle East, have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2017-2018 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, The Age-Friendly City, encourages students to design innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students are tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city and engineering innovative solutions that enable seniors to remain active and independent.

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 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, February 17-20, 2018, 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?

Working in a team 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 city essay; a scale model of their city built with recycled materials; and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals.

Future City will be streaming the Finals as part of this year’s competition. The livestream begins on Tuesday, February 20th 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 futurecity.org or on our Facebook page. Follow #FutureCity2018 for updates throughout the event.

This year marks the third consecutive year Future City has received a prestigious national award for being a leading engineering education program. In October, Future City was recognized by US2020 and co-founding sponsors, Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services, for the program's 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 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. Additional program support provided by UL, EA, and AARP.

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.

Press 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






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


School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Hometown: Maricopa, AZ
Future City Name: Innovacia

California (Northern)

School: Gratton School
Hometown: Denair, CA
Future City Name: Kenko Toshi

California (Southern)

School: The Rhoades School
Hometown: Encinitas, CA
Future City Name: The Imaginators

Canada (Ontario)

School: Alexander Graham Bell Public School

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

Future City Name: The Golden Age City

Canada (Prince Edward Island)

School: Grace Christian School

Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Future City Name: Vitalicio

China (Shangai East)

School: Shanghai Xiangming Junior High School

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Future City Name: Hammer City

China (Shanghai West)

School: Minhang Foreign Language School Affiliated to SISU

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Future City Name: New Lakeside

China (Sichuan)

School: Tianfu No. 7 High School

Hometown: Sichuan, China

Future City Name: Manna City


School: Liberty Classical Academy

Hometown: New Castle, CO

Future City Name: Terra Mare

Florida (South)

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

Future City Name: Tandanya

Florida (Tampa Bay)

School: Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School Center for Gifted Studies

Hometown: Largo, FL

Future City Name: Luminica


School: St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Future City Name: GRACE Springs City

Great Plains

School: West Middle School
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Future City Name: Misto Nadiyi


School: Homedale Middle School
Hometown: Homedale, ID
Future City Name: Vetus Bona


School: St. Paul of the Cross School

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Future City Name: Happyville


School: Riverview Middle School
Hometown: Huntington, IN
Future City Name: Panacea


School: Decorah Middle School
Hometown: Decorah, IA
Future City Name: Sofia


School: Graves County 4-H
Hometown: Mayfield, KY


School: Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Future City Name: Vieux Carre


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


School: Edlin School
Hometown: Reston, VA
Future City Name: Halona


School: Judge Page Middle School
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Future City Name: Star Je Novi Mladi


School: St. Clair Junior High
Hometown: St. Clair, MO
Future City Name: Usia Ramah


School: Wayne Jr.-Sr. High School
Hometown: Wayne, NE
Future City Name: Gerosimos

Nevada (Southern)

School: Las Vegas Day School

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Future City Name: Ke Olana

New England

School: Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park
Hometown: Somerville, MA
Future City Name: Somerville

New Jersey

School: Harding Township School
Hometown: New Vernon, NJ
Future City Name: Raramai

New Mexico

School: Annunciation Catholic School

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Future City Name: Vida Sana

New York (Albany)

School: Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School

Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY
Future City Name: Spartageneria

New York (City)

School: Columbia Secondary School

Hometown: New York, NY
Future City Name: Cosmopolis

New York (Western)

School: Mill Middle School
Hometown: Williamsville, NY
Future City Name: TerraAurora

North Carolina

School: Hanes Magnet School
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Future City Name: Pyongyang


School: Heritage Middle School
Hometown: Westerville, OH
Future City Name: Sophia Vitae


School: St. Philip Neri Catholic School
Hometown: Midwest City, OK
Future City Name: Kotahi



Pennsylvania (Central)

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

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

School: Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School
Hometown: Willow Grove, PA
Future City Name: Taiohi

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

School: The Ellis School
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Future City Name: Idunn Eir

South Carolina

School: The Kennedy Middle School
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Future City Name: Agua Sabia


School: Carpenters Middle School
Hometown: Maryville, TN 
Future City Name: Auxilium

Texas (Houston)

School: Fort Bend Independent School District
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Future City Name: Zephyr

Texas (North)

School: Pearson Middle School
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Future City Name: Whitewater Valley


School: Pacific Middle School  
Hometown: Des Moines, WA
Future City Name: Terranova


School: St. Alphonsus School
Hometown: Greendale, WI
Future City Name: Sedai