Future City Competition 2018 Announces Top Five Teams

Future City Competition 2018 Announces Top Five Teams

CHICAGO–The State of Illinois Future City Competition 2018 announced its Top Five team winners from its Jan. 20th regional competition held at UIC-Student Center East. This is their 26th regional competition which is affiliated with DiscoverE (STEM) and National Engineers Week which will be held February 18-24, 2018.

St. Paul of the Cross School received first place honors for its project titled “Happyville.” They presented many strong elements to support this year’s theme The Age-Friendly City.  One of their thoughts was “You cannot buy happiness; however, you can live in Happyville.”  This is the fourth time that St. Paul of the Cross School has been selected as the first place team in the regional competition in the past few years.

The Top Five Teams are:

  • 1st Place – St Paul of the Cross School – Happyville
  • 2nd Place – Science Academy of Chicago - Esperanza
  • 3rd Place – Wood Dale Jr. High – Forever Young
  • 4th Place – Urbana Middle School - Kellung
  • 5th Place – Westmont Jr High - Bestmont

Over 200 students and educators participated in this year’s regional competition. Over 125 judges participated during the competition. Twenty-six Special Awards were awarded for special categories.

Other Top Winners:

  • 1st Virtual City – St Paul of the Cross School – Happyville
  • 1st Essay – St Paul of the Cross School – Happyville
  • 1st Model – Urbana Middle School - Kellung
  • 1st Presentation – Urbana Middle School - Kellung
  • 1st Peer – Science Academy of Chicago – Esperanza

The St. Paul of the Cross School team prepares now to compete for the National Competition which will be held in Washington, D.C. during National Engineers Week. There will be 43 teams competing in the national competition. 

Visit the website for more details on the Special Awards winners and other information on the event at http://futurecity.org/illinois-chicago.

This year’s theme was The Age-Friendly City. Future City asked middle school students to respond to and address the challenges in designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students were tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables seniors to remain active and independent.  

In the US, over 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools, take part in the Future City® Competition.

Major funding in the National Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, EA, ExxonMobil, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, NCEE, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon, Shell Oil Company, TE, and UL.

A special thank you to our Illinois Regional Future City Competition Sponsors:

ACI-Illinois

American Institute of Architects Chicago

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Nuclear Society

American Public Works Association

American Society of Civil Engineers- Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers- Environmental Engineering & Water Resources Group

American Society of Civil Engineers- Geotechnical Group-Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers-Structural Group- Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers-Transportation Group- Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers-Younger Member Group-Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers- Urban Planning & Development Group

American Society of Mechanical Engineers- Chicago

ASHRAE

Associated Steel Erectors

Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings

Chicago Engineers Foundation of the Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago Wolves

CMAP

Construction Specification Institute

Golden Square

HNTB

IEEE

Illinois Association of County Engineers-Illinois

ISPE

JJ Nate Real Estate and Management

NCEES

Society of Marketing Professionals

Society of American Military Engineers'

Society of Automotive Engineers-Chicago

Society of Fire Protection Engineers-Chicago

Society of Women Engineers'

SPACE

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

WTS-Chicago

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

Future City Competition® State of Illinois

The State of Illinois Future City Competition® is celebrating its 26rd year as a regional group in the national competition. The regional competition is comprised of teams, schools, and professionals from Illinois.  In addition to the actual competition, the Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit Dinner showcases the top local teams and award winners. For more information, visit our website here or go to http://futurecity.org/illinois-chicago.

For more information contact:

Future City® Regional Coordinator

Don Wittmer, P.E., HNTB

dwittmer@hntb.com

 

Future City® Regional Committee

Matthew Miller, P.E., HNTB

mamiller@hntb.com.

 

Future City® Grant Manager, Press, Communications and Media

Deborah J. Hodges, M.A. Golden Square

dhodges@goldensquare.biz

312 675-6080

 

 

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Award-Winning Future City Competition Announces Theme for 2017-18: The Age-Friendly City

 

26th Annual International Competition Asks Middle School Students to Envision An Urban Environment That Keeps Growing Community of Older Adults Active, Engaged and Independent

 

 

 

CHICAGO–The Future City Competition announces its theme for 2017-2018—The Age-Friendly City. The State of Illinois Competition will be held on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018. This is the 26th annual international competition and the middle school students are asked to envision an urban environment that keeps growing community of older adults active, engaged and independent. The State of Illinois competition has competed every year since the inception of the STEM program. Look for more details on the location soon.

 

Long-held assumptions about aging are being radically redefined.  Older adults are living longer, staying in the workforce longer and living independently for longer than ever. This population is also growing and altering society’s overall demographics. By 2050, older adults will outnumber children under the age of 14.

 

In anticipation of this new reality, the World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined a plan to help cities respond to the particular needs of older adults. The organization’s approach recognizes that, as people age, they inevitably experience physical and cognitive change and risk isolation and loneliness. Planning for an older demographic means conceptualizing accessible and safe transportation options, barrier-free access to buildings and infrastructure, appropriate social welfare programs and open access to health care support and services.

 

With this pressing societal issue top of mind, the award-winning Future City Competition, now in its 26th year, announces its theme for 2017-18. This year, Future City is asking middle school students to respond to the issue of The Age-Friendly City and address the challenges in designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students are tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables seniors to remain active, independent and engaged.

 

Working in a team with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software); a 1,500 word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. Teams from 41 US regions present their ideas at Regional Competitions in January. US regional winners then face off at the Finals in Washington, DC in February, where they are joined by a growing roster of international teams, including those from Canada, Egypt and China.

 

In the US, over 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools, take part in the Future City® Competition. The deadline to register is October 31, 2017.  Register today or learn more at www.futurecity.org. Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates on the Future City® Competition.

 

One of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and among the most popular, Future City has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2016, the Future City Competition received the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction, presented by Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum. 

 

In 2015, Future City was named the grand prize winner in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program, receiving a $100,000 award. The UL award highlights the essential, urgent and significant value of E-STEM education.

 

Major funding for Future City comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. If your company is interested in sponsoring the local competition in Chicago, contact Don Wittmer, P.E. at dwittmer@hntb.com, or Matt Miller, P.E. at mmiller@hntb.comfor more information.

 

 

 

 

 

About DiscoverE

 

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

 

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including mentors and regional coordinators. For information about Future City or to volunteer, visit www.futurecity.org

 

 

 

Future City® State of Illinois

 

The State of Illinois Future City Competition® is celebrating its 26rd year as a regional group in the national competition. The regional competition is comprised of teams, schools, and professionals from Illinois and nearby Missouri. In addition to the actual competition, Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit Dinner showcases the top local teams and award winners. For more information, visit our website here or go to http://futurecity.org/illinois-chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Future City® Regional Coordinator

 

Don Wittmer, P.E., HNTB

 

dwittmer@hntb.com

 

 

 

Future City® Regional Committee

 

Matthew Miller, P.E., HNTB

 

mamiller@hntb.com.

 

 

 

Future City® Grant Manager, Communications and Media

 

Deborah J. Hodges, M.A. Golden Square

 

dhodges@goldensquare.biz

 

312 675-6080

 

 

 

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