Alabama Team Excels During Future City China’s 2018 Summer League

Future City participants from the Academy for Science and Foreign Language in Huntsville, Alabama experienced the opportunity of a lifetime in June when they traveled across the globe to participate in Future City China’s Summer League. China hosted the inaugural Summer League to offer teams throughout their regions an extra opportunity to think critically, learn from each other, and have fun!

Alabama team members Sara Sing, Weixing Zhang, Preston Brown and Donal Higgins, along with their teacher, Angela Traylor and mentor, Ray Woodson, traveled to Hangzhou, China, to participate. Summer League teams were faced with the challenge of storm water runoff in their futuristic cities. Preston shared that his team designed “GRAS (Green Roof Action System), which not only helps with storm water runoff but also uses it to grow crops within the city.” The Alabama team’s innovative ideas impressed the judges and they were awarded First Place! Team mentor Ray observed how gracious all the teams were toward each other and complimented each other’s efforts and accomplishments.

The trip wasn’t only about the competition, though. The team members enjoyed meeting the Chinese participants and making new friends. They also explored sights such as the Nanjing Forestry University, the Hangpu River, and the Oriental Pearl Tower, which had excitingly fast elevators that impressed the kids. They also noticed that many Chinese cities have a lot more greenery than typical US cities, which Weixing learned “helps decrease air pollution, which is a critical issue in China’s more populated cities.”

Congratulations to the Alabama team and all the teams who participated in China’s Summer League.