New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok & Greg Skiba

Capital District Future City will be at the Games in Education Event August 6-7

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 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 event is a multi-day symposium 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 sponsored by the National Engineers Week. 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 22nd year for the National Future City Competition with 37 regions participating, effecting over 53,000 students from 1,300 middle schools.

Last year, there were 22 schools and 25 teams, with a total of 200 local students, competing in the regional finals at Proctors Theater in Schenectady. The New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School won the 2014-15 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); Farnsworth Middle School (3rd place); Acadia Middle School (4th place); and Niskayuna (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