New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok & Greg Skiba

Winners of the 2021-22 Albany Region Future City Competition Are Announced

Winners of the Albany region of the 2021-2022 Future City® Competition have been announced.  This year the Albany region is celebrating 21 years of participating in the national competition, which is sponsored by DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week). This fall, 192 middle school students from 17 teams competed in the Albany regional competition.

Thirteen teams came from the greater Capital District area, plus teams from Canton and Syracuse, NY joined our region. Due to COVID-19 disruptions in other areas of the country, our region invited two teams from Florida to participate in the program in the Albany region. This outreach demonstrates the commitment of the Future City-Albany program to ensure that all middle school students have an opportunity to participate in the program that promotes STEM principles.

The students at Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School were the first place winners of this year’s regional competition. In creating their futuristic city, “Cyclosparta,” students from O’Rourke were evaluated on the development of a team plan, an essay describing their city, a 3D model, a formal presentation given to a panel of engineering judges, and answers to a live question and answer session with those judges. This is the 5th consecutive year that Richard H. O’Rourke has won the regional competition and has represented our region at the National Competition. The O’Rourke team is supervised by teachers Ms. Katie Duell and Ms. Christa Catalfamo. Mr. Matthew De Stefano from Momentive Performance Materials worked as the team’s engineering mentor this year.

A full list of winners is shown below:

 

FIRST PLACE

Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School
“Cyclosparta”

Sponsored by Capital
District Engineers Week

 

SECOND PLACE

Shaker Junior High School
“Nandana”
Sponsored by CHA Consulting, Inc.

 

THIRD PLACE

St. Hugh Catholic School*
“Electra Urbe”
Sponsored by Foit-Albert Associates, P.C.

 

FOURTH PLACE

Broadalbin-Perth Elementary and Junior High School
“Looptopia”
Sponsored by American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York, Eastern Region

 

FIFTH PLACE

William S. Hackett Middle School
“Evrim”
Sponsored by American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

 

Other Specialty Awards included:

 

Best Project Plan Award

Coxsackie-Athens Middle School
“Echo Verde”
Sponsored by PMI Educational Foundation

 

2022 Rookie of the Year

UAlbany STEP
“Happy City”
Sponsored by Constructive Copy, LLC

 

Best Utilization of a Transportation System

Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy of the Capital District
“Evergreen City”
Sponsored by Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP

 

Best Public Transportation System

Shaker Junior High School
“Nandana”
Sponsored by Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)

 

Best Use of Innovation in Transportation

Berlin Middle School
“Dumpster City”
Sponsored by Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.

 

Most Innovative Water Supply Design

Woodland Hill Montessori School
“Midari”
Sponsored by CDM Smith

 

Best Use of Clean Hydrogen Energy

UAlbany STEP
“Happy City”
Sponsored by Plug Power

 

Most Innovative Use of Renewable Energy

Schalmont Middle School
“Zero Sprechi”
Sponsored by Albany Society of Engineers Foundation (ASEF)

 

Most Sustainable Building

Broadalbin-Perth Elementary and Junior High School
“Looptopia”
Sponsored by Bohler Engineering

 

Best City Skyline

St. Hugh Catholic School
“Electrica Urbe”
Sponsored by Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Eastern New York Chapter

 

Best Model Design

Shaker Junior High School
“Nandana”
Sponsored by Rifenburg Construction, Inc.

 

Best Essay

Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School
“Cyclosparta”
Sponsored by AECOM

 

Best City to Live In

Somerset Oaks Academy*
“Greenview City”
Sponsored by American Public Works Association (APWA)

 

Outstanding Use of Circular Economy Principles

Broadalbin-Perth Elementary and Junior High School
“Looptopia”
Sponsored by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

 

Best Green Roadway Design

St. Hugh Catholic School*
“Electrica Urbe”
Sponsored by Future City Planning Committee

 

Excellence in Efficient Energy Applications

Koda Middle School
“New Tokyo”
Sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Schenectady Section

 

Most Innovative Use of Green Space for a Community 

Shaker Junior High School
“Nandana”
Sponsored by M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C.

 

Most Neighborly City

Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School
“Cyclosparta”
Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops

 

Best Future City Presentation

St. Hugh Catholic School*
“Electrica Urbe”
Sponsored by Siemens Industry, Inc.

 

Most Innovative Moving Part

Shaker Junior High School
“Nandana”
Sponsored by Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

 

Best Design and Construction of a Bridge

William S. Hackett Middle School
“Evrim”
Sponsored by Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD), Eastern New York Chapter

 

Most Sustainable Transportation System

William S. Hackett Middle School
“Evrim”
Sponsored by Troy Sand & Gravel, Inc.

 

Best Futuristic Personal Transportation System

Broadalbin-Perth Elementary and Junior High School
“Looptopia”
Sponsored by Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), New York Upstate Section

 

Best Use of Recycled Materials in a Model

Coxsackie-Athens Junior High School
“Echo Verde”
Sponsored by County Waste & Recycling

 

Best Management of Water Resources

Woodland Hill Montessori School
“Midari”
Sponsored by Camelot Print and Copy Center

 

Most Innovative Utility Infrastructure System

St. Hugh Catholic School*
“Electrica Urbe”
Sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Mohawk-Hudson Section

 

Best Land Surveying Practices

UAlbany STEP
“Happy City”
Sponsored by NCEES

 

Best Green Architecture

Somerset Oaks Academy*
“Greenview City”
Sponsored by CSArch

 

Best Use of Construction Materials

Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School
“Cyclosparta”
Sponsored by The D.A. Collins™ Companies

 

Best Question and Answer Session

St. Hugh Catholic School*
“Electrica Urbe”
Sponsored by Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI)

 

Additionally, this year the Future City-Albany Region gave away two college scholarships. The winners of this year’s Howard E. Reece Alumni of the Year Scholarships went to Sophia Commisso, a student at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and Maxwell Turner, a student at Shenendehowa High School.

 

*Denotes a team participating from the Florida region. Two teams from Florida joined our Albany Region this year, due to disruptions from COVID-19.