Regional Coordinator: Christopher Germain

2018 Special Awards

Best Architectural Model

Description:  Cities that have structures in the model that represent a variety of sizes, shapes, designs, colors and materials will do best in this category. The model should be aesthetically pleasing, and form should follow function in choosing methods and materials for construction. Team members should show an understanding of basic architectural concepts.


Best Infrastructure

Description:  Cities with innovative infrastructure designs will do well in this category. The city should utilize transportation, power, communication, data, security, water and sewer systems in innovative ways. Team members should show an understanding of basic civil engineering concepts and the role infrastructure plays in their city’s functionality.


Best Moving Part

Description:  Cities are required to have a moving part as a component of the city model. The moving part must function with a self-contained energy source and must contribute to the overall design and function of the city. Moving parts that are designed in a creative fashion, are powered in a unique way and incorporate unusual materials will do well in this category. Team members should understand the function and importance of their moving part and its role in the design of their city.


Best Use of Ceramics

Description:  Cities that incorporate traditional ceramics (plaster, cement, bricks, tableware, glass, tile, ceramic magnets, etc) as well as more advanced ceramics (superconducting magnets for Maglev, filters for purifying water, tile for spacecraft thermal insulation, opti­cal fibers, electronics, sensors, solar panels and other advanced structural applications) will score high. Team members should understand ceramics and be able to describe why its properties are important for various applications.


Best Use of Energy

Description:  Cities that have advanced energy production facilities, energy efficient commuting and have renewable, non-polluting energy sources will do well in this category. Creativity is encouraged but team members should be able to demonstrate that their energy system will work even if it is a stretch with current technology. The team should understand how their city’s energy is produced and have ideas on energy efficiency in industry, workplaces and at home.


Best Use of Recreation

Description:  Cities that look like fun will do well in this category. Green space, water, parks, museums, zoos, sports arenas, and other areas for recreation are important as well as a well thought out plan for how their citizens can spend their leisure time. This should be a fun category, and team members should give the impression that life would be exciting in their city.


Best Use of Recycled Materials

Description:  Teams that incorporate a variety of odds and ends into their models that are then creatively developed into buildings, houses, parks, landscapes and other living spaces will do well in this category. Given that there is a $100 limit on model and presentation materials for each team’s project, creative use of recycled materials should figure prominently in the cities depicted. This is a fun category, and team members should un­derstand that recycling is an important part of a sustainable future city.


Best Use of Transportation

Description: Awarded to the city with a transportation system that best provides for safe and efficient movement of people and goods using alternative transportation methods while protecting the natural environment.

Best Use of Water Resource Engineering

Description:  A city that plans for good water resources management will do well in this category. Credit will be awarded for selecting appropriate drinking water sources, treatment technologies, collection and distribution systems, and disposal locations. In addition, the strategic location of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, the use of water conservation strategies, innovative treatment techniques, and efforts to protect water sources and other sensitive resources score high. Team members should show that time has been spent on engineering processes from how to provide drinking water to how to treat and dispose of wastewater.


Most Environmentally Friendly

Description:  Cities that have a plan for handling outflows from industrial, commercial and residential waste streams will do well in this category. Recycling strategies, advanced energy plants that minimize pollution, treatments techniques and efforts to keep effluent streams away from residential areas, green spaces and water sources score high. Team members should show that engineering processes have been considered all the through the waste system.


Best Computer City Design

Description:  Presented to the team with the highest Computer City Design score.


Best Essay

Description:  Presented to the team with the highest Computer City Design score.


Rookie of the Year

Description:  Presented to the team with the highest overall score from a school that has never participated at the Ohio Regional Competition.


People’s Choice

Description:  This award is based on individual preference. Five people’s choice ballots are in each team’s registration packet – one for each member of the team. Only the competing team members can vote. The voting takes place during lunch and must be turned in by 1:00 p.m. Ballots are turned in at the ballot box on the FCC registration table.


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