Future City Competition – 2015-16

Future City is a cros1s-curricular program that lets students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades do the things engineers do: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results. The five Future City competition has the following five deliverables – Project Plan, Virtual City, City Description, City Model, and City Presentation.

Imagine what it would be like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What would you hear, see, smell, and feel? How would the people who live in your future city describe it? What would visitors say about it? How is it different from cities of today? What makes it futuristic and innovative? This program/competition gives students a place to think about questions like these, and more. It is a place where they can bring their city to life!

 

4Mohan Atluri from our office volunteered to judge the City Description, City Model and City Presentation. On Saturday, January 16, 2016 the City Model and City Presentation event was conducted at NASA’s Gilruth Center, Space Center Boulevard, TX. The event was from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  31 teams with seven teams from Austin, San Antonio and Edinburg participated in the competition. Ten special team awards, two national awards, six individual awards to teachers, mentors and students, and 2016 Alumni of the year awards were given out.

It was the largest ga thering since the STEM program was started 18 years ago (this year for gathering was over 300 people). It was amazing to see the intensity among the participants. The short comments made by the teacher/mentor/team members during open forum, and the jubilation of the teams during announcement of the awards, we are hopeful for the future of engineering in the country.

Learn more about Future City: http://futurecity.org/about

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