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The Nation's Most Talented Middle Schoolers Prepare to Present their Solutions for this Year's Theme at National Finals

Designing Solid Waste Management Systems of the Future

Nation’s Most Talented Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders Prepare to Present Their Solutions as They Tackle This Year’s Theme,

Waste Not, Want Not

at Annual Future City® Competition National Finals


Washington DC, February 2, 2016Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping it into landfills, burning it in incinerators, or shipping it away in trucks and barges. Such waste management systems contribute to air and water pollution and can be expensive and energy intensive. Today, engineers around the world focus on the four R’s of waste management (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot) in an effort to deal with solid waste not as trash but as a resource.


Since last fall, 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools in 37 national regions, as well as a new region in China, have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2015-2016 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Waste Not, Want Not, encourages students to design waste management systems for residential use and small businesses by looking at issues such as collection, separation processing, recycling, health and safety, energy efficiency, environmental impact and cost.


In January, each region held qualifying competitions to select the team that will represent its area in the Future City Competition National Finals. Now, those finalists have been selected and the winners are preparing to travel to Washington, DC for the National Finals, to be held at the Capital, February 13-17, 2016, in preparation for Engineers Week. The fierce competition takes place over four days and results in 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 National Finals sponsor Bentley Systems).


Working in a team with an educator and engineer mentor, students present their waste management solutions and vision of their future city in a virtual city design (using SimCityTM software); a 1,500 word city description; a scale model of their city (build with recycled materials); and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals.


Future City was recently honored as the grand prize winner of a $100,000 award in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program (ULIEA).  Developed in collaboration with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the UL Innovative Education Award  is open to nonprofits that motivate K-12 schools about science research through E-STEM programming and education about the environment.


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 the National Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, and Bentley Systems and Shell Oil Company.


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Future City Competition - National:

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School: Academy of Science & Foreign Language
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Future City Name: Ville Suavé


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


School: Veritas Homeschoolers
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Future City Name: Alegria


School: Roberto Clemente Middle School
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Future City Name: Clareana City

California (Northern)

School: Gratton School
Hometown: Denair, CA
Future City Name: Oriac Gem


School: Olson Middle School
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Future City Name: Parapluie

California (Southern)

School: Wildwood School
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Future City Name: Futureville


School: Lewis Central Middle School
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Future City Name: Malinis

Florida (South)

School: St. Hugh Catholic School
Hometown: Miami, FL
Future City Name: Linna Puhtuse

Nevada (Southern)

School: Hyde Park Middle School
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Future City Name: Kilau

Florida (Tampa Bay)

School: Berkeley Preparatory School

Hometown: Tampa. FL

Future City Name: Rio Redesigned

New England

School: Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
Hometown: Farmington Valley, CT
Future City Name: Khaalis LaHore


School: St. Jude the Apostle School
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Future City Name: Geonexus

New Jersey

School: Valley View Middle School

Hometown: Watchung, NJ

Future City Name: Nazif

Great Plains

School: Southwest Middle School
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Future City Name: Tallakha-Muhara

New Mexico

School: Annunciation Catholic School
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Future City Name: Delta City


School: Sacred Heart Catholic School
Hometown: Boise, ID
Future City Name: Mottainai

New York (Albany)

School: New Lebanon Jr / Sr. High School
Hometown: New Lebanon, NY
Future City Name: Marielo

Illinois (Chicago)

School: St. Clair Junior High School
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Future City Name: Ville Falaise

New York (City)

School: Islip Middle School

Hometown: Islip, NY
Future City Name: Evolisiona


School: Woodside Middle School
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Future City Name: Epoch Isle

New York (Western)

School: The Alternate School of Math and Science
Hometown: Corning, NY
Future City Name: Copioso


School: Iowa Innovation Learning Center
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Future City Name: Skoupidia Dorean

North Carolina

School: Langtree Charter Academy
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Future City Name: Pureza


School: Pikeville Junior High School
Hometown: Pikeville, KY
Future City Name: Tersengai




School: Genoa Middle School
Hometown: Westerville, OH
Future City Name: Baradwysdon


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

Pennsylvania (Central)

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

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

School: Lionville Middle School
Hometown: Exton, PA
Future City Name: Renascentia

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

School: The Ellis School
Hometown: Point Breeze, PA
Future City Name: Agala Kadama

South Carolina

School: Paul Knox Middle School
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Future City Name: Sahirah


Texas (Houston)

School:  Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning
Hometown: Houston, TX
Future City Name: Meili

Texas (North)

School: Harbor View Academy
Hometown: Rockwall, TX
Future City Name: Bedford Falls


School: Sandpoint Middle School
Hometown: Sandpoint, ID
Future City Name: Male, Maldives


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