Ohio Region History
Ohio held its first competition at the Engineering Complex at The Ohio State University in January, 1999. That first year was a pilot year to "test the waters" of school interest. Dr. Nadine Hinton and Dr. Sue Amidon of Westerville City Schools led the initiative with the American Ceramic Society. Seventeen teams were present from 14 different schools. While our winning team could not compete at Nationals due to the nature of the piloting, a generous judge Dr. Dan Fleisch, Professor of Physics at Wittenberg University, donated the funds to send the five-member team to the National Finals competition to take notes, pictures, and network.
In the fall of 1999, Dan teamed with Aimee Zerla and Mark Glasper of the American
Ceramic Society and Lisa Huelskamp of Westerville City Schools to move the event from pilot to program status and recruited more schools and judges to participate. The program has grown in popularity with Ohio often enrolling a record number of school registrations for the nation. A strongly committed Steering Committee collaborating with highly motivated and dedicated students, teachers, and engineer mentors lead the way to future successes.
In 2005, the Future City Competition - Ohio Region received the 2005 Organization of the Year Award as selected by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio (ECCO).
In 2007-08, our Ohio team helped us celebrate our 10th anniversary by earning first place at the National Finals in DC. It was a very proud moment for all of us and speaks to the level of dedication of our teachers, students, families, schools, engineers, and committee members. Making it two in a row, the 2008-2009 Ohio team also earned first place at the National Finals.