Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Regional Coordinator: Carl Schwartz

2017 Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition Results

2017 Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition Results

 On January 21, 2017, 28 teams of middle school students competed at Carnegie Music Hall in our regional competition to imagine a city of the future and present a tabletop scale model to engineers who volunteer as judge. St. Bede School was the winning team; the team will represent our region at the national competition in Washington, D.C., during Engineers Week next month. The St. Bede team created Zumala, the City of Fellowship, located on the Nile River with a population of 300,000, in the year 3064. Their distinctive model included a front view of the city and a back view of its aquifers. Among the city’s features are a plastic waste dump reclaimed by planting edible mushrooms that feed on plastic; plants to filter impurities from water; and a highway that was repurposed as a boardwalk for public recreation, including a theme park. In the photo at the left, the winning team stands behind its city. Beaming with pride are, second from right in the front, teacher Betsy Killmeyer, and behind her, volunteer engineer mentor Paul Lovejoy. At the far right is David Esquibel, Workforce Initiative Manager at Shell, who spoke to the students about what inspired him to become an engineer and why it’s important for them to get a solid STEM education. Shell is among the national and local Future City sponsors.


1st Place: St. Bede School

2nd Place: Fort Couch Middle School

3rd Place: Marion Center Jr/Sr High School

4th Place: The Ellis School 

5th Place: West Mifflin Area Middle School

Pittsburgh Alumnus of the Year: Michelle Szucs


Special Award Winners (PDF)