Illinois (Chicago)

Regional Coordinator: Don Wittmer, P.E.

Top Five Winners Announced - 2018 State of Illinois Future City Competition

CHICAGO–The State of Illinois Future City Competition 2018 announced its Top Five team winners from its Jan. 20th regional competition held at UIC-Student Center East. This is their 26th regional competition which is affiliated with DiscoverE (STEM) and National Engineers Week which will be held February 18-24, 2018.

St. Paul of the Cross School received first place honors for its project titled “Happyville.” They presented many strong elements to support this year’s theme The Age-Friendly City.  One of their thoughts was “You cannot buy happiness; however, you can live in Happyville.”  This is the fourth time that St. Paul of the Cross School has been selected as the first place team in the regional competition in the past few years.

The Top Five Teams are:

  • 1st Place – St Paul of the Cross School – Happyville
  • 2nd Place – Science Academy of Chicago - Esperanza
  • 3rd Place – Wood Dale Jr. High – Forever Young
  • 4th Place – Urbana Middle School - Kellung
  • 5th Place – Westmont Jr High - Bestmont

Over 200 students and educators participated in this year’s regional competition. Over 125 judges participated during the competition. Twenty-six Special Awards were awarded for special categories.

Other Top Winners:

  • 1st Virtual City – St Paul of the Cross School – Happyville
  • 1st Essay – St Paul of the Cross School – Happyville
  • 1st Model – Urbana Middle School - Kellung
  • 1st Presentation – Urbana Middle School - Kellung
  • 1st Peer – Science Academy of Chicago – Esperanza

The St. Paul of the Cross School team prepares now to compete for the National Competition which will be held in Washington, D.C. during National Engineers Week. There will be 43 teams competing in the national competition. 

Visit the website for more details on the Special Awards winners and other information on the event at http://futurecity.org/illinois-chicago.

This year’s theme was The Age-Friendly City. Future City asked middle school students to respond to and address the challenges in designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students were tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables seniors to remain active and independent.  

In the US, over 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools, take part in the Future City® Competition.

Major funding in the National Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, EA, ExxonMobil, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, NCEE, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon, Shell Oil Company, TE, and UL.

A special thank you to our Illinois Regional Future City Competition Sponsors:

ACI-Illinois

American Institute of Architects Chicago

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Nuclear Society

American Public Works Association

American Society of Civil Engineers- Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers- Environmental Engineering & Water Resources Group

American Society of Civil Engineers- Geotechnical Group-Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers-Structural Group- Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers-Transportation Group- Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers-Younger Member Group-Illinois Section

American Society of Civil Engineers- Urban Planning & Development Group

American Society of Mechanical Engineers- Chicago

ASHRAE

Associated Steel Erectors

Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings

Chicago Engineers Foundation of the Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago Wolves

CMAP

Construction Specification Institute

Golden Square

HNTB

IEEE

Illinois Association of County Engineers-Illinois

ISPE

JJ Nate Real Estate and Management

NCEES

Society of Marketing Professionals

Society of American Military Engineers'

Society of Automotive Engineers-Chicago

Society of Fire Protection Engineers-Chicago

Society of Women Engineers'

SPACE

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

WTS-Chicago

 

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.

 

Future City Competition® State of Illinois

The State of Illinois Future City Competition® is celebrating its 26rd year as a regional group in the national competition. The regional competition is comprised of teams, schools, and professionals from Illinois.  In addition to the actual competition, the Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit Dinner showcases the top local teams and award winners. For more information, visit our website here or go to http://futurecity.org/illinois-chicago.

For more information contact:

Future City® Regional Coordinator

Don Wittmer, P.E., HNTB

dwittmer@hntb.com

 

Future City® Regional Committee

Matthew Miller, P.E., HNTB

mamiller@hntb.com.

 

Future City® Grant Manager, Press, Communications and Media

Deborah J. Hodges, M.A. Golden Square

dhodges@goldensquare.biz

312 675-6080

 

 

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