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Student Team Heading to National Future City Competition

Phoenix, AZ: When you live in Maricopa, AZ, how do you pack for a trip to the nation’s capital in the middle of winter? And given that the weather forecast is for more snow in the northeast? We are confident that members of Arizona’s 1st Place Team have that figured out as the students, teacher, and some family members prepare to depart from Phoenix Sky Harbor on Friday morning, February 13th, heading to Washington, DC for the National Future City Competition.

When asked what he is looking forward to the most on this upcoming trip, Joseph Rice responded, “I want to see snow.” Joseph may get his wish, however, the City of Boston offers so much more!

(Left to Right) Team Members: Sarah Skrnich - Project Manager, Emily Cordero, Elise Brown Thunder,  Joseph Rice; back row:  Robin Rice – Teacher, Kain Rivera – Engineering Mentor

(Left to Right) Team Members: Sarah Skrnich – Project Manager, Emily Cordero, Elise Brown Thunder,
Joseph Rice; back row: Robin Rice – Teacher, Kain Rivera – Engineering Mentor

The 1st place team in each region advances to the National Finals. The national competition is held in Washington, DC and is similar in format to the region competition. Each region’s team expenses for airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals are picked up by the competition. The National Finals will take place on February 14-18, 2015.

Team member Elise Brown Thunder is looking forward to meeting other students from other regions. Given that her team will be competing with 36 other regions, she will be in good company. Emily Cordero has her eyes on the prize and wants her team to place in the Top 5. In addition to the 1st thru 5th place winning teams, there are about 25 special awards that are sponsored by professional engineering societies and companies.

The top prize at the National Finals is $7,500 for the winning team’s STEM program plus a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL for team members. The first runner up team is awarded $5,000 for their STEM program. The second runner up is awarded $2,000 for their STEM program, and the 4th and 5th place teams will receive an Honorable Mention and $750 for their STEM program.

Joseph Rice sums up his experience to date in saying, “I’d like to know that we worked as hard as we could, and we are there to have fun.”

We wish our team success at the national competition, and a memorable shared experience that few middle school students have the opportunity to participate in. Check our FaceBook page for team updates at the national competition.

[Personal Note: A version of this post also appears as a news release for the Future City Competition – Arizona Region.]


About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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