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Awards & Prizes

While Future City is first and foremost an engineering experience, there are also awesome prizes to win! Teams that win their Regional Competition advance to the National Finals. National Finals takes place from February 14 to 18, 2015 in Washington, DC.  Future City provides round trip transportation and hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill for the team’s three student presenters, educator coach, and mentor.
 
And that’s not all! Visit your region's site for a complete list of your region’s awards and prizes.

 

2015 National Special Awards

 

Award Name Award Criteria Sponsor
Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future City Teams should develop a clear statement of the use and benefits of aviation and/or space technology in their projects.  Projects can be on, in or above the earth, in space or on other celestial bodies.  Special consideration will be given to aviation and/or space technologies used in the displays. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section (NCS)
Most Sustainable Food Production System Design that provides the best sustainable food production system while conserving soil, water and energy. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Best Use of Renewable Energy Innovative and efficient use of renewable resources in energy systems. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems Design that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, water and wastewater) for a community. American Society of Civil Engineers
Best Indoor Environment Indoor environment that encompasses occupant comfort, productivity, energy efficiency or air quality. ASHRAE
Most Sustainable Buildings In recognition of energy efficient buildings that minimize their impact on the outdoor environment and provide indoor environmental quality for building occupants. ASHRAE
Best Futuristic City Use of futuristic engineering concepts into city's communications, energy, or transportation systems ASME
Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques • Use of innovative construction materials
• Use of innovative construction techniques
• Overall construction of design 
ASQ - Design and Construction Division
Best Management of Water Resources • Efficient design of water treatment and distribution for human consumption, agriculture, industry, recreation, and fire protection
• Responsible sewage collection and treatment for environmental protection and community aesthetics
• Innovative stormwater collection, treatment, reuse and/or discharge back into the environment 
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Most Holistic Approach City that best incorporates sustainability and an integrated approach to managing resources and infrastructure systems. CH2M HILL
Best Residential Zone Strategic placement of residential zones that allow maximum return for quality of life issues. Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA
The City of the Future that Best Incorporates Cultural and Historical Resources The City whose design best incorporates historical & cultural sites, buildings, infrastructure and customs. Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers, Inc.
Best Virtual City Design This award is given to the team with the highest overall score as judged by the National Virtual City Judges. Electronic Arts, Inc.
Best Communications System Strategic placement of a communications system that is both efficient and accurate. IEEE-USA
Excellence in Systems Integration Demonstration of excellence in the design of integrated systems of people, material, information equipment and energy. Institute of Industrial Engineers
Best Land Surveying Practices The design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protest the public's safety and welfare. NCEES
Best Essay Award This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged by the  National Essay Judges. DiscoverE
Best Model This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged during the National Preliminary Judging of the Model. DiscoverE
People's Choice Award This award is given to the team that is voted by their peers to have the best model.  Voting is done by ballot during the Special Awards Judging. DiscoverE
Best Use of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers. The best use of nanotechnology could include: nanomaterials to improve any part of the city, such as stronger buildings; nanosensors to monitor bridges or air quality; nanoenergy applications such as green lighting, energy efficient cars, or nano-enabled solar or wind power; or nanotechnology for waste water treatment and water purification.

National Nanotechnology Initiative
Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices There exists a vital role professional engineers play in the lives and well-being of the public. They do this by protecting the public's health, safety, and welfare by engaging in competent practices and through other fundamental ethical values and principles.  Teams need to explain in detail what it is about their city that ensures the health, safety and welfare of its residents and what specifically will guarantee for them an improved quality of life. National Society of Professional Engineers
Accessible City Award Most Accessible Design for people with disabilities, the elderly, and others with mobility impairments.  Design that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, public rights of way) for a community. Paralyzed Veterans of America
Best Future City Project Plan Teams should develop a clear statement of what needs to be accomplished on their project, including a list of deliverables.  They should also have a project budget and schedule or timeline for the completion of their work.  Special consideration will be given to teams that list potential unexpected events/situations they thought of that might present challenges for their project and what they did to prevent them. Project Management Institute
Best Use of Fire Protection Engineering Science & Technology  Fire Protection Engineers use science and technology to make our communities safe from fire. Fire protection engineering features may include structural fire resistance, detection and notification systems, suppression systems, egress systems and smoke management systems. The fire protection engineer ensures that these features all work together to protect people, property and the environment from fire. Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Best Transportation System Creative design of transportation system that allows both mobility and transport of goods and services. U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration

 

2014 Special National Awards Winners and Top Five Teams

 

Award
Region  School
Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future City South Carolina Aiken Area Home Educators
Most Sustainable Food Production System Nevada (Southern) Hyde Park Middle School
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems California (Northern) Girl Scout Troop #2225
Best Indoor Environment New York (Western) The Alternate School for Math and Science
Most Sustainable Buildings Georgia St. Jude the Apostle
Best Futuristic City Alabama Academy for Science and Foreign Language
Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques New Jersey Valley Middle School
Best Management of Water Resources Idaho Meridian Middle School
Most Holistic Approach New York City Islip Middle School
Best Residential Zone North Carolina J.M. Alexander Middle School
The City of the Future that Best Incorporates Cultural and Historical Resources Kentucky Oldham County Middle School
Best Futuristic Personal Transportation System Arizona Accelerated Middle School/Basha High
Best Communications System Pennsylvania (Central) Warwick Middle School
Excellence in Systems Integration Indiana Woodside Middle School
Best Model Texas (North) HEAR Rockwall Homeschool
People’s Choice Award Michigan St. John Lutheran School
Best Use of Nanotechnology Nevada (Southern) Hyde Park Middle School
Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices Indiana Woodside Middle School
Best Essay Oklahoma St. Philip Neri Catholic
Best Land Surveying Practices Iowa Harding Middle School
Accessible City Award Great Plains Southwest Middle School
Best Future City Project Plan Texas (North) HEAR Rockwall Homeschool
Best Virtual City Design  Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Lionville Middle School
Best Use of Fire Protection Engineering, Science & Technology Louisiana St. Thomas More
Best Transportation System Texas (Houston) Al-Hadi School
Overall Winners    
First Place Michigan St. John Lutheran School
Second Place New Jersey Valley Middle School
Third Place Texas (North) HEAR Rockwall Homeschool
Honorable Mention Great Plains Southwest Middle School
Honorable Mention California (Northern) Girl Scout troop #2225
     
2014 FC  Alumna of the Year  Allison Kindig