New England

Regional Coordinator: Reed Brockman, P.E.

Our local mission is much the same as the national mission.  Although this is a competition, we hold the spirit of knowledge to be our number one priority.  We aim to see students of all backgrounds throughout New England gaining appreciation for their infrastructure and those who make it possible.  We also want the students to understand the design process and work in teams in a similar way to engineering professionals.  We want the students to broaden their perspectives on the way the world works and the ways they may want to contribute to it in the future.  Lastly, it is our mission to bring each and every student participating (and their school faculty, parents, mentors, and all involved) a positive learning experience full of fun, teamwork and creativity.

September 3, 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Josh's updates!  I am just starting to send out the books, but you really don't need them since all the registration and handbook materials are posted right on the website.  I WANT TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A FREE BOOK!  You will need dropbox to get it, but just follow this link: FREE BOOK.  This book is a copy of Celeste Baine's critically acclaimed book "Is There An Engineer Inside You?", which is the perfect book for explaining all the different types of engineers you may run…

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September 3, 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Josh's updates!  I am just starting to send out the books, but you really don't need them since all the registration and handbook materials are posted right on the website.  I WANT TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A FREE BOOK!  You will need dropbox to get it, but just follow this link: FREE BOOK.  This book is a copy of Celeste Baine's critically acclaimed book "Is There An Engineer Inside You?", which is the perfect book for explaining all the different types of engineers you may run…

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September 3, 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Josh's updates!  I am just starting to send out the books, but you really don't need them since all the registration and handbook materials are posted right on the website.  I WANT TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A FREE BOOK!  You will need dropbox to get it, but just follow this link: FREE BOOK

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August 16, 2015

Josh here again, and I found something else for you to think about!

If you watched through the video I attached last week, you may have kept watching to see this video of the Zabaleen in Cairo, Egypt. Originally, The government not only did not support the Zabaleen's collections, but tried to replace the system with one of their own. However, the Zabaleen were so important to the people of Cairo that no other system worked.

The Zabaleen show just how important it is for the population of your city to support the programs you create. Programs and institutions will fail without…

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August 9, 2015

Hey everyone!

I'm Josh Hill, a current Civil Engineering student at Stevens Institute of Technology. I want to show you all some ideas to consider when working on your Future City:

Let's talk about one of the less talked about parts of waste management, energy recovery. Just because some waste can't be reused or recycled doesn't mean it has to end up in a landfill. Some of that waste can be successfully burnt to power your city. An excellent example of this process can be seen in Sweden. In fact, Sweden is so successful in energy recovery that they are able to import the…

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July 24, 2015

This years topic is all to do with your city's waste management system. The video I've linked will help get you brainstorming ways to make sure you don't waste your waste.

The City Narrative and Research Essay have been combined into one deliverable, the City Description. The specifics of the new format can be found in the Program Handbook, but here's what you need to cover in the 2015-2016 City Description:

Waste Not, Want Not - Lessen the negative impact that solid waste has on your city.

Humans create a lot of trash. Each of the…

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February 1, 2015

After a week of heavy snow, including near whitout conditions on the commute to the competition, we persevered and again had a WONDERFUL New England Regional Future City Competition.  Photos from the day can be found by FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

Twenty one teams braved the storm, and most that were unable to make it have contacted us to judge them at their school (although they know this does not make them eligible for the Nationals).  In all, there was over 150 students present and almost…

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January 23, 2015

It looks like a big competition this year!  Please try to come early if possible.  The event is based out of the main lobby of the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University (MAP TO CURRY STUDENT CENTER). Drop off students at the main doors of the building. I recommend parking at the Renaissance Park Garage after you drop off the model and students (…

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December 12, 2014

Finally, something to judge!  I hope everybody is having fun with the contest so far and really digging into the models and presentations now!  And all teachers, mentors, judges that are in the Lawrence area feel free to come to Cafe Azteca at 6PM Tuesday 12/16/14.  It's a social time to just talk with other teachers and STEM interested folks and make some plans.

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October 28, 2014

ThinkFest was amazing, as usual!  If you did not make it this year, get it on your calendar as soon as it is announced!

Jamie and Kevin presented for a half hour or so each, and the two presentations were very different.

Jamie consults to towns and farmers about ways to deal with some of the issues farmers face.  She took us for a walk along the path of what it takes to get food on a table from a small seed.  It was clear -- the present methods utilize a boatload of energy and leave a lot of waste.  The challenge to your teams: think about this process: you don't just need a…

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October 28, 2014

It was pointed out that there were mistakes on the calendar, and... there were.   NOW it should be PERFECT!  BUT -- If you find mistakes, please let me know right away! - Reed

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October 3, 2014

Get your teams into the system by Halloween.  You can still edit the participants, but we need the number of teams for the virtual system.

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October 3, 2014

October 8th!  click on the calendar for details.  And meet urban gardeners and farmers on Oct 25 after ThinkFest (2 pm)!

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September 30, 2014

THINKFEST IS 10/25/14 from 10-1:30 and the FUTURE CITY THINKSESSION is 2-3!!!

REGIONAL FINALS ARE 1/31/15.  Registration starts at 8.

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September 8, 2014

All of New England -- from Old Town to Danbury, from Newport to Burlington, you are ALL INVITED!  For Grades 6-8.  In school, after-school, out-of-school.  Public, private schools or home schhols.  As long as you are a bonafide program, you can have a team in the Future City competition.  You are invited even if you do not intend to compete.  We, the volunteer crew running the New England region, welcome you!  Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island... we want you!

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August 18, 2014

Been working on your ideas and want to run them by experts?  Want to meet some people who know all about urban farming?  Don't miss this free opportunity.  In fact, show up at 10 AM and enjoy all of ThinkFest, the long-running totally amazing annual carnival of hands-on design activities.  Come with your team or with your family, or everyone!

OCTOBER 25 at the Sakovich Center, Merrimack College, North Andover MA (off 114 east of 495).

THINKFEST: 10AM - 1:30 PM

ThinkFest ThinkSession starting at 2:00.

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August 18, 2014

Now is a great time to get registered for Future City!

Some basics:

1. You do not need to know the team members at this point.  Just get started.  Any school or organized after-school group with students K-8.  We will help you get a mentor if you don't have one.  Three students typically give presentations, and three is the maximum allowed to present as well.  Teams, however, can be of any size.  Students younger than Grades 6-8 may be on a team but the presenters must be in Grades 6-8.  We welcome alumni to come back and assist teams once they are 9th grade and above, but…

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March 30, 2014

This is one of my FAVORITE topics!  And I've linked one of my favorite videos (Part 1 -- look for Parts 2 and 3 on YouTube!)

Here is the question...

2014-2015 Future City Essay Topic: Feeding Future Cities

Select one vegetable and one protein and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city limits to feed your citizens.

Many thousands of years ago, humans learned to domesticate animals and grow plants for food.   Because we no longer needed to hunt and gather, we could stay in one place and start to build cities…

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January 28, 2014

Follow this link for PHOTOS from the 2014 New England Regionals: http://www.flickr.com/photos/reedpro/sets/72157640267027843/

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January 12, 2014

We are pleased to announce the following list of

SPECIAL AWARDS

AECOM  “Most Innovative Infrastructure Design Concept” Award Design that incorporates the best single innovative concept with potential to improve future built and natural environments

BSCES Award for Best Virtual City: Selected based on judges scoring prior to the competition day.

BSCES Award for Best Narrative: Selected based on judges scoring prior to the competition day.

BSCES Award for Best Essay:

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