New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Addyson Lyons

Capital District Future City Competition Will Attend the Games in Education Event August 2-3

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 restrictions on the environment, location, or celestial body where the city may exist. The multidisciplinary approach of the competition is effective in teaching middle school students various methods of approaching and thinking through complex problems; using technology like SimCity is one innovative way students can wrestle with the challenging problems facing the science and engineering industry today.

The Games in Education Symposium event is a multi-day event, which focuses on the topic of using video games to supplement and inspire in-classroom education. Participants span early childhood through post-secondary educators in New York’s Capital District and surrounding regions who are interested in finding ways to use video games and related technology to enrich and inspire interest by students in core curriculum topics. The symposium has run annually since 2007 and is free for educators to attend.

The Future City Competition is a national program of DiscoverE. The mission of the Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students that combine a stimulating engineering challenge with a “hands-on” application to present their vision of a city of the future. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Future City Competition with 40 regions participating, effecting over 53,000 students from 1,300 middle schools.

In January, there were a total of 20 schools and 21 teams, with a total of 300 local students, competing in the regional finals at Proctors Theater in Schenectady. The New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School won the 2015-16 Regional Capital District Future City Competition and represented our area at the national competition in Washington D.C. Other local finalists were: Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School (2nd place); Niskayuna School District (3rd place); Farnsworth Middle School (4th place); and Flood Brook School (5th place).


For more information, contact:

Christine Kingery
Public Relations Chair, Future City Competition
Director of Marketing, Spectra Environmental Group
19 British American Blvd. | Latham, NY 12110
(518) 782-0882 |

Geena Pandolfi
Sayles & Winnikoff Communications
212-725-5200 x112