New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Addyson Lyons

New Lebanon Finishes in Fourth Place Nationwide!

Washington, D.C.– A city of the future—Marhielo—engineered by students from the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School in New Lebanon, New York—has taken fourth place nationwide at the 2016 Future City® Competition, beating out over 1,300 teams from across the country. The students, Daniel Truax, Jaden Tompkins, and Lydia Loverin, teamed with teacher Ms. Mary Beth Liles to earn the fourth place prize. The team also walked away with a specialty award, a NSPE award for Engineering Ethics.

Winners of 37 regional competitions held throughout January participated in the Future City National Finals, which took place at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. as part of Engineers Week. Since last fall, 40,000 middle school students from 1,300 schools have been engaged in the 2015-16 Future City Competition. This year’s challenge: Waste Not, Want Not, challenged students to design waste management systems of the future.

Academy for Science and Foreign Language takes home the grand prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for its school’s STEM program (provided by National Finals sponsor Bentley Systems, Inc.). Second place went to Harbor View Academy from the Texas (North) region for their Future City, which they titled Bedford Falls. The team, based in Rockwall, Texas, receives a $5,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Michigan’s St. John Lutheran School in Rochester took third place honors for its Future City Egabrag.  St. John Lutheran School receives a $2,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by IEEE-USA.

Fourth place went to New Lebanon Jr/Sr. High School in the Albany New York  region for their city Marhielo.  Fifth place was awarded to Arizona region’s Veritas Homeschoolers for their city Alegria. Each receives $750 for their organization’s STEM programs, sponsored by Ohio University and NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying).

“We are so proud of the New Lebanon team,” said Future City-Albany Co-Coordinator Jennifer Smith who traveled with the team to Washington D.C. “They represented our region amazingly and put on a very solid presentation. They really show that even students from small towns and small school districts can really go far and succeed in academics.”

New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School won the Future City-Albany Competition on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Proctors in Schenectady. In the Capital District region, there were 20 schools with a total of 21 teams competing in the finals. There were approximately 300 local students participating in the competition regionally this year.

During the Future City Competition, students work as a team to design a virtual city using SimCity™ software. They research a city-wide issue and write an essay with their findings and solutions. They build a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials costing no more than $100 and they write a brief narrative promoting their city.

Future City was recently honored as the grand prize winner of a $100,000 award in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program (ULIEA).  Developed in collaboration with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the UL Innovative Education Award  is open to nonprofits that motivate K-12 schools about science research through E-STEM programming and education about the environment.

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including mentors and regional coordinators. For information about Future City or to volunteer, visit

Major funding for the National Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, and Bentley Systems and Shell Oil Company.


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


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