New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok & Greg Skiba

Capital District Future City Competition is set for Saturday, January 9 at Proctors

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 in trucks and barges. Such waste management systems contribute to air and water pollution and can be expensive and energy-intensive. Today, engineers around the world are focused on the four Rs of waste management—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot—in an effort to deal with solid waste as a resource.

With new solutions to waste management critical to the very survival of urban environments globally, the 2015-2016 Future City® Competition, a program of Discover E, is now underway. The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade image, research, design, and build cities of the future. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?  

The Capital District competition will be held on Saturday, January 9th at Proctors in Schenectady.  In the Capital District region, there are 20 schools with a total of 21 teams competing in the Future City Regional Finals. There are approximately 300 local students participating in the competition this year.


Teams/schools competing in this year’s competition include: 

Name of School

School District


Academy of the Holy Names   Academy of the Holy Names   Albany
Acadia Middle School   Shenendehowa Central School District Saratoga
Broadalbin-Perth Middle School   Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Fulton
Coxsackie-Athens Middle School   Coxsackie-Athens Central School District Greene
Farnsworth Middle School   Guilderland Central School District Albany
Flood Brook School   Flood Brook Union School Southern Vermont
Gowana Middle School   Shenendehowa Central School District Saratoga
Hackett Middle School Albany Public Schools Albany  
Koda Middle School   Shenendehowa Central School District Saratoga
La Salle Institute   La Salle Institute Rensselaer
La Salle School   La Salle School Albany
Mater Christi School   Mater Christi School Albany  
Menands Schools Menands School District Albany  
Mont Pleasant Middle School   Schenectady City School District Schenectady
New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School   New Lebanon Central School District Columbia
Niskayuna Schools Niskayuna Central School District Schenectady  
Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School   Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District Saratoga
RPI STEP   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Pre-College Program Rensselaer
Schalmont Middle School   Schalmont Central School District Schenectady
St. Thomas the Apostle School   St. Thomas the Apostle School Albany


“We are excited to be at Proctors for our third year, for this year’s competition” said regional coordinator Jennifer Smith. “Students are going to have an opportunity to present on the main stage at the theater, on the same stage where famous singers and artists have performed before them. It’s going to be a wonderful blend of all the artistic elements of urban planning and architecture with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) core fundamentals of the Future City program.”

Future City has received national attention and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers nationwide to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The annual challenge is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and among the most popular.

The Capital District Future City Competition is anticipating the attendance of the following dignitaries:


·         Kathleen M. Jimino, Rensselaer County Executive

·         Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady

·         John T. McDonald, III, Assemblymember

·         Angelo Santabarbara, Assemblymember

·         Phil Steck, Assemblymember


This year’s theme, Waste Not, Want Not, encourages students to design waste management systems for residential use and small businesses by looking at issues such as collection, separation, processing, recycling, health and safety, energy-efficiency, environmental impact, and cost. Students learn how today’s engineers and city planners deal with city-wide sustainability issues like solid waste management. They research cutting edge technologies, imagine, and design a plausible and futuristic solution that can exist for generations.

Working in a team with an educator and engineer mentor, students present their waste management solutions and vision of their future city in a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software); a 1,500 word city description; a scale model of their city built with recycled materials; and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. Teams from 37 regions present their ideas at the regional competition in January. Winners represent their regions at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.

About Future City® Competition

DiscoverE’s annual Future City Competition, for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, is held from September 2015 through February 2016. Future City is a major program of DiscoverE, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations, and culminates every year during Engineers Week. For more information, visit

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 drawin from the Discover E 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

For more information, contact:

Christine Kingery, Director of Marketing
Spectra Environmental Group
19 British American Blvd.
Latham, NY 12110
Office: (518) 782-0882
Cell: (518) 366-5759