New York Albany

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok

Welcome to Future City Albany!

6th, 7th and 8th graders from schools around the extended Capital District Region learn engineering skills as they work in a team with their teacher and engineering mentor to design, build, and present their city of the future. SIGN YOUR TEAM UP TODAY - REGISTER NOW!

January 14, 2018

 

 

First Place
Sponsored by Capital District Engineers Week
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
"Spartageneria" 

Second Place
Sponsored by the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), Albany Section
Flood Brook Middle School
"Kaha'u" 

Third Place
Sponsored by AECOM
Broadalbin-Perth Middle School
"Fountainous" 

Fourth Place 
Sponsored by Siemens Industry, Inc. 
Acadia Middle School
"Tochi To Mizu" 

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January 3, 2018

Capital District Region Middle Schoolers Compete in Future City Regional Finals Saturday, January 13, for a Chance to Win a Grand Prize in Washington, D.C.

This Year’s Theme is:
The Age Friendly City

Albany, New York– Long-held assumptions about aging are being radically redefined. Older adults are living longer, staying in the workplace longer, and living independently for longer than ever. The population is also growing and altering society’s overall demographics. By 2050, older adults will outnumber children under the age of…

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October 2, 2017

Registration for 2017-2018 Future City® Competition is Now Open

This Year’s Theme, “The Age Friendly City,” Asks Middle School Students to Envision an Urban Environment that Keeps Older Adults Active, Engaged, and Independent

 

Albany, New York– Long-held assumptions about aging are being radically redefined. Older adults are living longer, staying in the workplace longer, and living independently for longer than ever. The population is also growing and altering society’s overall demographics. By 2050, older adults will outnumber…

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January 23, 2017

Congratulations to New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School for winning the 2016-2017 Capital District Future City Competition! Their city, "Renswyck" took first place overall in the competition January 21. A list of the top five winners is as follows: 

First Place
New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School
"Renswyck" 
Sponsored by Capital District Engineers Week

Second Place
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
"Quintus Spartis"
Sponsored by American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

Third Place
Flood…

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January 9, 2017

George Amedore; Kathleen Jimino; Angelo Santabarbara; Carrie Woerner Support Capital District Middle School Students as they vie for national recognition in annual Future City® Competition Regional Finals, January 21 at Proctors

This year's theme is:
The Power of Public Space

 

 Albany, New York – Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. They can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety,…

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November 17, 2016

Albany, New York– Albany City School District’s William S. Hackett Middle School was recently awarded a $500 grant stipend from the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. Teacher Allison Griner submitted the application in the hopes of using the money in this year’s Future City® Competition.

“We are very excited about Future City this year at Hackett and couldn’t be more thrilled about having that stipend to help further our program,” said teacher Allison Griner. Together, teacher and students have decided to use the grant money towards the purchase…

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October 18, 2016

Albany, New York– Local 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with the Future City Competition will have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on tutorial on Saturday, October 22nd from 9 am until noon at the Albany Heritage Area Visitor Center in Albany. This year’s tutorial is an immersive discussion of this year’s Future City topic: The Power of Public Space. The topic comes at a timely moment for the Capital District, as more attention is focused on “zombie properties” and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s “Be a Good Neighbor” campaign. Recent publicity has called attention to vacant…

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August 18, 2016

Registration for 2016-2017 Future City® Competition is Now Open

 

This Year’s Theme, “The Power of Public Space,” Asks the Nation’s Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders to Envision Urban Public Spaces of Tomorrow

 

Albany, New York– Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. Public spaces can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance…

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August 16, 2016

The Capital District's New Lebanon team was featured in a recent article in MUSE Magazine (Cricket Media). The article features New Lebanon's 2015-2016 city, Marhielo. "Originally we wanted to set our city in the Pacific Ocean, but we did some research and picked Antarctica. I was rooting for Antarctica because there's a lot of space and it's basically uninhabited. We wanted to do someplace where we could deal with climate change. With the advent of global warming, we are one of the last places in the world with snow,…

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July 29, 2016

Albany, New York– The Capital District Future City® Competition will be attending the 10th Annual Games in Education Symposium on Tuesday August 2nd and Wednesday August 3rd at Troy Middle School in Troy, New York. Representatives from the Future City Competition will be discussing how Sim City™ software is used in the development of the program in order to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

Using Sim City™ software, middle school students are asked to design a virtual city of the future. There are no…

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February 16, 2016

Washington, D.C.– A city of the future—Marhielo—engineered by students from the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School in New Lebanon, New York—has taken fourth place nationwide at the 2016 Future City® Competition, beating out over 1,300 teams from across the country. The students, Daniel Truax, Jaden Tompkins, and Lydia Loverin, teamed with teacher Ms. Mary Beth Liles to earn the fourth place prize. The team also walked away with a specialty award, a NSPE award for Engineering Ethics.

Winners of 37 regional competitions held throughout January participated in the Future City National…

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February 16, 2016

Future City National just announced that the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School, our team representing the Capital District Future City Competition, has just made the Top Five at the national competition! That means that the New Lebanon school has beat out all the other teams in the nation for one of the exclusive top five spots!   

The top five teams, including New Lebanon, will make final presentations this morning. Wish our local team good luck! 

Teacher: Ms. Mary Beth Liles 

Presenters: Daniel Truax, Jaden Tompkins, Lydia Loverin,…

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January 9, 2016

Congratulations to New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School for winning the 2015-2016 Capital District Future City Competition! Their city, "Marhielo" took first place overall in the competition on January 9. A list of the top five winners is as follows: 

First Place
New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School
"Marielo"
Sponsored by Capital District Engineers Week 

Second Place
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
"Spartopia"
Sponsored by American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) 

Third Place
Niskayuna…

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January 9, 2016

There will be no weather delays this morning for our competition at Proctors in Schenectady! The radar shows that most of the rain has blown through our area, with clear skies after 5 am this morning. Be safe traveling to the competiition in case the roads are a little wet and slick, and we will see you between 7:30 and 8:20 am this morning as planned! 

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January 7, 2016

Please note that Saturday we are expected to have some inclement weather. Please plan accordingly and give yourself extra time to get to Proctor's in the morning. We are hoping to start on time but we will post an announcement HERE on the website early Saturday morning if there is a delay. 

You can find detailed information about Competition Day on our website by clicking this link or by going to: Program Details and Competition Day on the left-side navigation menu.  Information available on this page includes: 

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January 5, 2016

Kathleen M. Jimino; John T. McDonald, III; Angelo Santabarbara; Phil Steck; Gary McCarthy Support Capital District Middle School Students As They Vie for National Recognition in Annual Future City® Competition Regional Finals, January 9 at Proctors 

This year’s Theme is:
Waste Not, Want Not

January 4, 2016: Albany, New York – Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping it into landfills, burning it in incinerators, or shipping it off…

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September 30, 2015

Albany, New YorkLocal 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students involved with the Future City Competition will have the unique opportunity to meet former NASA astronaut David Hilmers, MD, EE, MPH, MSEE on Thursday, October 15th from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center located off New Karner Road.  The students will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Hilmers in small groups to learn about how waste is managed in space and to ask any questions they might have about being an astronaut and a medical doctor.

Students will also learn from the…

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September 14, 2015

The Future City Competition will have a booth at the Back to School Expo, which will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Convention Center at Empire State Plaza from 10 am to 3 pm. Special guests at the Expo include Calum Worthy ("Dez") from the hit show Austin & Ally and Peyton Meyer ("Lucas") from the hist show Girl Meets World. 

The Future City Competition will have a booth at the event where we will show one of last year's 3D models. Teachers can pick up their packets there! 

You can find out more about the Expo by clicking here: …

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August 14, 2015

Registration for 2015-2016 Future City® Competition is Now Open

This Year’s Theme, Waste Not, Want Not, Asks the Nation’s Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders to Design Solid Waste Management Systems of the Future

 

Albany, New York– Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping it into landfills, burning it in incinerators, or shipping it off in trucks and barges. Such waste management systems contribute to air and water pollution and can be expensive and…

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July 31, 2015

Albany, New York– The Capital District Future City® Competition will be attending the 9th Annual Games in Education symposium on Thursday August 6th and Friday August 7th at the Tech Valley High School in Albany, New York. Representatives from the Future City Competition will be discussing how Sim City™ software is used in the development of the program in order to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

Using Sim City™ software, middle school students are asked to design a virtual city of the future. There are no restrictions on the environment, location, or…

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