Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. The 2016-2017 challenge is The Power of Public Space.
Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions on January 21, 2017 at Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland). Winners will represent Pittsburgh at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.
Last year's competition impacted this young engineer. Listen to Timothy Snyder, 6th grade Future City participant, speaking on TED Ed Club about one inspiring judge.
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The 2017 Pittsburgh Regional Competition will be held on January 21, 2017 at Carnegie Music Hall.
1st place: The Ellis School
2nd place: St. Bede School
3rd place: West Mifflin Area Middle School
4th place: Winchester Thurston School
5th place: Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy
Pittsburgh Alumnus of the Year: Natalie French Gandhi
National Competition Finals
DiscoverE provides the airfare and hotel accommodations for the five winning team members from each region. Team members are responsible for all additional expenses such as ground transportation and meals.
The National First Place team will win a trip to the U.S. Space Camp. Other prizes include scholarships, computers and savings bonds. In addition, teams were eligible for special awards and recognition sponsored by engineering societies and other organizations.
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