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.
We've been so busy talking to schools, we forgot to post news! Here is a quick update.
We see lots of new schools coming in, and we are ready for you! We have again reserved the Curry Student Center at Northeastern, this year on January 25th.
We are on the search for mentors right now. If you know of someone who can mentor your team or teams, that is wonderful. If you still need a mentor, let us know!
So far, we have been seeing teams doing pretty well with the new Sim City, and we see plenty using the old Sim City also. Either way is…more
We are honored to have the support of the Commonwealth and look forward to seeing Future City blossom in Chelsea, Everett, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Haverhill, and Lawrencemore
The New England Regional Competition is very grateful for IEEE's support! IEEE, as a national sponsor, has in addition selected to help out the New England Region by providing us much needed funds!more
The ThinkFest event is free and fun for all ages, and is aimed at exposing ALL AGES to the real world uses for all those STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects you take in school. Meet collegiate student groups, professors, and young and experienced professionals from all sorts of STEM related careers.
While the event is like a free carnival of design challenges…more
Get your team registered by Halloween for the 2013-14 competition!more
Here's a link to a whole bunch of high quality photos.
This year was nothing short of amazing and EVERY TEAM should be very proud! It was great seeing all our teams come together yesterday at Northeastern, and all of you having such well developed cities with so many innovative ideas in them. Besides the incredible presentation by the Farmington team, I also want to relate a few of my favorite memories of the day.
First, we want to give a special salute to Joseph from the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester. His enthusiasm, even after over a dozen solo presentations, was nothing short of inspiring!
Our runner-ups from…more
Liz Clark, who is working with the Natick team, says:
Here’s a couple of links about Sherbourne Common. It’s a park in Toronto that was master planned to incorporate stormwater treatment as an art form to provide public recreation, and enhance the character and aesthetics of the park:more
Thank you seems like just not enough to say to Kim Spangenberg and the crew at Virtual High School. The website for teams to discuss their work, for mentors and teachers to give feed back, and for teams to submit files is up and running, just awaiting the list of teams to be final before it is rolled out. The site looks wonderful -- it is very easy to use and we hope the teams enjoy it.
If you plan to register and have not -- do it RIGHT AWAY! As of right now, we have a whopping 41 teams in the contest! Thank you everyone for participating!more
Some short ~ 5 minute stormwater videos that might be useful (courtesty of Clay Schofield with the Dennis-Yarmouth team):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak-js9MPSMU&feature=related – good cartoon overview of stormwater issues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x-TDvnbheM&feature=related – more overviewmore
Thank you to all the students, teachers and mentors that came to ThinkFest! It was great seeing old faces and meeting new ones. I hope everyone enjoyed some of the 29 different hands-on activities and enjoyed the kickoff orientation as well. If you have photos or experiences, send them along!more
Registration ends on Halloween, so don't get spooked out of the competition and register!
Teams - please start your engines...
Hot off the presses, we have received the 2013 Future City Educators Handbook.
This means TEAMS MAY NOW START! REGISTER TODAY and let me know if you need a printed copy.
The digital version is available here on the Future City website.
If you have SimCity 4 already, you do not need software, and I have download codes for the PC version.
If you need the MAC version, and do not already have one, let me know right away -- there is no download and I have a very limited number of copies.more
The 2013 competition is coming up faster than you'll know it! Here are the dates:
SimCity Due Date:Saturday, December 8, 2012 @ 8PM
Virtual City Benchmark Form: Saturday, December 8, 2012 @ 8PM
Research Essay Due Date: Saturday, 12/22/2012 @ 8PM
City Narrative Due Date:Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 @ 6PM
Regional Final Date: Saturday, 1/26/2013 (forms due 1/24/2013)
As many of you know, Reed and Michelle are both structural engineers who love working with bridges. Reed has been overseeing two high school students over the past month as they develop a website telling about a number of the bridges in downtown Boston. Through the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (Reed is the 2013 President-elect and Michelle is the 2013 Public Awareness and Outreach Coordinator), in conjunction with the City of Boston, MassDOT, and the MBTA, their team is planning to post placards by the bridges to facilitate better tours. Each placard will have a "QR" code, which…more
The 2012 finalists for New England will be on BNN TV9 at 4 pm tomorrow, with numerous repeat airings following. The show will be converted and posted onYouTube sometime over the next month.more
It's the time of the year to REGISTER for the 2013 competition! The theme will be STORMWATER. We are looking forward to doing great things along this theme, and to having this year's contest be bigger and better than ever!
The first major change, Michelle, who for years has managed the actual facilitation of the competition on contest day, plus helped with every other aspect, is now the co-coordinator. We have also established a solid committee of dedicated volunteers who have taken on key responsibilities. Alyssa Marino, a well known civil engineer and planner in the Boston…more