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.
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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2019-2020 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION REGIONAL WINNERS
School: Academy for Science and Foreign Language
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
School: Gratton School
School: St. Michael’s School
Canada (Prince Edward Island)
School: Rothesay Netherwood School
Hometown: Rothesay, NB, Canada
Future City Name: Bevetia
School: Shanghai Jianping Experimental Middle School
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Future City Name: Immortacity
School: Tianfu No. 7 High School
Hometown: Sichuan, China
Future City Name: Akoya
School: Hangzou Wenhai Experimental School
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Future City Name: Faraige City
School: Liberty Classical Academy
Hometown: New Castle, CO
Future City: Mikeili
School: St. Hugh Catholic School
Future City Name: Svinopsa
Florida (Tampa Bay)
School: James B. Sanderlin IB World School
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Future City Name: Amanzi
School: Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School
School: Southwest Middle School
School: Light Of Learning
Hometown: Boise, ID
Future City Name: Luna Glacias
School: Prairie Junior High School
Hometown: Alsip, Illinois
Future City Name: Neositnalta
School: Norwell Middle School
Hometown: Ossian, IN
School: Harding Middle School
School: Eminence Middle School
School: St. John Lutheran
School: Edlin School
School: Justice Page Middle School
School: St. Clair Junior High School
Hometown: St. Clair, MO
Future City Name: La Tierra Prometida
School: Wayne Junior-High School
Hometown: Wayne, NB
School: Saville Middle School
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
School: Evans and Barry Homeschool
School: Frelinghuysen Middle School
Hometown: Morristown, NJ
Future City Name: Tourmalia
School: Annunciation Catholic School
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Future City: Masfimiah
New York (Albany)
School: Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
New York (City)
School: Columbia Secondary School
Hometown: New York, NY
New York (Western)
School: Mill Middle School
School: Langtree Charter
School: South Heart School
Hometown: South Heart, ND
School: Batavia Middle School
School: Sequoyah Middle School
School: Warwick Middle School
School: Lionville Middle School
School: The Ellis School
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Future City Name: Tutum-Certa
School: Merriwether Middle School
School: Anoor Academy of Knoxville
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Future City Name: Morungatuny
School: Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning
School: Valley Catholic Middle School
School: Glen Hills Middle School