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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.

 

2014 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
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 Futuristic Personal Transportation System Creative design of innovative modes of personal transportation that is safe, clean and practical. Ford Motor Company Fund
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 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 Essay Award This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged by the  National Essay Judges. DiscoverE
Best Use of Nanotechnology “Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications.” 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. HINT: visit Nano 101 on our website: www.nano.gov/nanotech-101 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
Best Land Surveying Practices The design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to protect the public's health, safety and welfare.  Teams should be able to demonstrate the skills and resources surveyors provide in the design, development and maintenance of their future city. NCEES
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

 

Name Sponsor Region  School Name Model City Name
Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future City American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section (NCS)   South Carolina Aiken Area Home Educators Veloreno
Most Sustainable Food Production System American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Nevada (Southern) Hyde Park Middle School Koru
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems American Society of Civil Engineers California (Northern) Girl Scout Troop #2225 Varuna
Best Indoor Environment ASHRAE New York (Western) The Alternate School for Math and Science Nova Via
Most Sustainable Buildings ASHRAE  Georgia  St. Jude the Apostle  Ark City
Best Futuristic City ASME  Alabama  Academy for Science and Foreign Language  Faćil Mudando
Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques American Society for Quality - Design and Construction Division  New Jersey  Valley Middle School  Whenua Aotearoa
Best Management of Water Resources Bentley Systems, Inc.  Idaho  Meridian Middle School  Urbem Paradiso
Most Holistic Approach CH2M HILL  New York City  Islip Middle School  iMove
Best Residential Zone Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA  North Carolina  J.M. Alexander Middle School  Sollevato
The City of the Future that Best Incorporates Cultural and Historical Resources Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers, Inc.   Kentucky  Oldham County Middle School  Apollo
Best Futuristic Personal Transportation System Ford Motor Company Fund  Arizona  Accelerated Middle School/Basha High  New York
Best Communications System IEEE-USA  Pennsylvania (Central)  Warwick Middle School  SD400
Excellence in Systems Integration Institute of Industrial Engineers  Indiana  Woodside Middle School  Santos
Best Model National Engineers Week Foundation  Texas (North)  HEAR Rockwall Homeschool  Eisenhower
People’s Choice Award National Engineers Week Foundation  Michigan  St. John Lutheran School  Gongping
Best Use of Nanotechnology National Nanotechnology Initiative  Nevada (Southern)  Hyde Park Middle School  Koru
Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices National Society of Professional Engineers  Indiana  Woodside Middle School  Santos
Best Essay NCEES  Oklahoma  St. Philip Neri Catholic  Einheit
Best Land Surveying Practices NCEES  Iowa  Harding Middle School  Kajia
Accessible City Award Paralyzed Veterans of America  Great Plains  Southwest Middle School  Libban-Eft
Best Future City Project Plan Project Management Institute  Texas (North)  HEAR Rockwall Homeschool  Eisenhower
Best Virtual City Design SimCity  Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)  Lionville Middle School  Vivacity
Best Use of Fire Protection Engineering, Science & Technology Society of Fire Protection Engineers  Louisiana  St Thomas More  Christopia
Best Transportation System U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration  Texas (Houston)  Al-Hadi School  Ville De Lux
         
First Place Bentley Systems, Inc.  Michigan  St. John Lutheran School  Gongping
Second Place National Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation  New Jersey  Valley Middle School  Whenua Aotearoa
Third Place IEEE-USA  Texas (North)  HEAR Rockwall Homeschool  Eisenhower
Honorable Mention Ohio University  Great Plains  Southwest Middle School  Libban-Eft
Honorable Mention Clemson University  California (Northern)  Girl Scout troop #2225  Varuna
         
2014 FC  Alumnus of the Year Allison Kindig