Learning to be a good communicator

Anna Gunn-Golkin says Future City Competition is a fun way to introduce kids to engineering. “I joined the Future City Competition because I saw that we would get to use Sim City software to build a virtual city. I loved computer games and I thought it sounded like a blast!”

“Future City teaches students is that if you want to be a good engineer, you have to learn how to be a good communicator. Working as a team with a teacher and engineer mentor, writing the essay and presenting your model are great ways to build these skills at a young age,” said Anna.

Anna competed in 1996. Her team won their regionals in Philadelphia and were excited to compete at National Finals in Washington, DC. Their experience at Finals was nothing short of eventful. “When we started to unpack our city we realized a golf ball had gotten loose and had broken the whole model! We had to go to nearby drugstores to buy supplies to fix the model. Luckily, we were able to fix it before judging began. Even though it was a crazy moment, it showed me the importance of teamwork.”

Anna is now a Flight Test Engineer for the Air Force. She volunteers her time at the Nevada Regional Competitions as a judge and has volunteered as a mentor. She hopes to be a role model for kids in the competition. “I am able to show students how engineering applies to real life, and how they can make a career out of it. It’s a rewarding experience.”

*These views do not represent the United States Air Force

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