New York Albany

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok

Capital District Region Middle Schoolers Compete in Future City Regional Finals Saturday, January 13

Capital District Region Middle Schoolers Compete in Future City Regional Finals Saturday, January 13, for a Chance to Win a Grand Prize in Washington, D.C.

This Year’s Theme is:
The Age Friendly City

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

The award-winning Future City® Competition, now in its 26th year, is asking middle school students to respond to the issue of The Age-Friendly City by designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students are tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city and to engineer a framework that enables seniors to remain active, independent, and engaged.

The Capital District competition will be held on Saturday, January 13th at The Armory at Sage College in Albany.  In the Capital District region, there are 28 schools and organizations with a total of 30 teams competing in the Future City Regional Finals. There are approximately 400 local students participating in the competition this year. Our regional students join more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools in 40 regions around the country, all of whom are engaged in similar competitions.

First place winners from each qualifying regional competition receive a trip to the Future City Competition Finals in Washington, D.C., February 17-21, 2018, during Engineers Week.

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

 

Name of School

School District

County

Acadia Middle School

 

Shenendehowa Central School District

Saratoga

Ballston Spa Middle School

Ballston Spa Central School District

Saratoga

Blessed Sacrament School

Blessed Sacrament School

Albany

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 School

 

La Salle School

Albany

Maple Avenue Middle School

Saratoga Springs City School District

Saratoga

 

Mater Christi School

 

Mater Christi School

Albany

 

New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School

 

New Lebanon Central School District

Columbia

North Colonie Central School District Learning Enrichment Program

North Colonie Central School District

Albany

Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School

 

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

 

Saratoga

RPI STEP

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Pre-College Program

 

Rensselaer

Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science

Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science

Schoharie

Schalmont Middle School

 

Schalmont Central School District

Schenectady

St. Thomas the Apostle School

St. Thomas the Apostle School

 

Albany

Susan Odell Taylor School

Susan Odell Taylor School

Troy

Syracuse City Schools NSBE Jr. Chapter

Syracuse City School District

Onondaga

Voorheeseville Public Library

Voorheeseville Public Library

Albany

 

There were a total of 20 schools and 27 teams, with a total of 375 local students, competing in the regional finals at Proctors Theater in Schenectady this past January. The New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School won the 2016-17 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); Flood Brook School (3rd place); Broadalbin-Perth Middle School (4th place); and Academy of the Holy Names (5th place).

 

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.

About Future City® Competition

DiscoverE’s annual Future City® Competition, for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, is held from September 2017 through February 2018. Major funding for the Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. AARP is sponsoring Future City this year, in recognition of the age-friendly challenge, and has been involved in regions across the country. This year Capital District Region celebrates participating in the program for 17 years! Visit the Capital District Future City website at: http://futurecity.org/new-york-albany.

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