New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Addyson Lyons

Capital District Region Middle Schoolers Compete in Regional Finals Saturday, January 12 at the Armory at Sage College

This Year's Theme is: Powering our Future

Natural disasters- earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes - pose serious threats to cities and citizens. The damage from these events can severely disrupt every aspect of life in an affected region. Especially now, in the wake of recent catastrophic events, engineers, architects, and city leaders face the critical task of creating resilient cities.

The award-winning Future City® Competition, now in its 26th year, is asking middle school students to respond to the issue of Resilient City by designing a city which adapts to challenges; it has connected systems and infrastructure in place that limit damage and help the city recover. Physical systems such as infrastructure and housing are built to withstand high winds or earthquakes, information systems such as zoning data and maps are designed to support relief efforts, and institutions such as city management or emergency response are developed to help with recovery. A resilient city ensures its residents are safe, their communities are stable and cared for, and the economy remains durable.

The Capital District competition will be held on Saturday, January 12th at The Armory at Sage College in Albany.  In the Capital District region, there are 18 schools and organizations with a total of 23 teams competing in the Future City Regional Finals. There are approximately 300 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., during Engineers Week.

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

School District County

Acadia Middle School

Shenendehowa Saratoga
Blessed Sacrament School private Albany

Broadalbin-Perth Middle School

Broadalbin-Perth CSD Fulton/Montgomery/Saratoga
Coxsackie-Athens CSD Coxsackie-Athens CSD Greene
Farnsworth Middle School Guilderland Albany
Gowana Middle School Shenendehowa Saratoga
Hackett Middle School Albany CSD Albany

Koda Middle School



Lisha Kill Middle School South Colonie CSD Albany
Maple Avenue Middle School Saratoga Springs CSD Saratoga
Mater Christi School private Albany
North Colonie LEP North Colonie CSD Albany
RPI STEP private Rensselaer
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD Schenectady
Schalmont Middle School Schalmont CSD Schenectady
St. Thomas the Apostle School private Albany
Syracuse City Schools Syracuse City School District Onondaga
Voorheesville Public Library Voorheesville CSD Albany


There were a total of 19 schools and 26 teams, with a total of 350 local students, competing in the regional finals at The Armory at Sage College in Albany this past January. Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School won the 2017-18 Regional Capital District Future City Competition and represented our area at the national competition in Washington D.C. Other local finalists were: 2nd place - Flood Brook Middle School, 3rd Place - Broadalbin-Perth Middle School, 4th Place - Acadia Middle School, and 5th Place - Schalmont Middle School.