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Diversity & Inclusion, STEM

Arizona Team Wins Two Special Awards at National Future City Competition

 

(Left to Right) Kain Rivera – Engineering Mentor, Elise Brown Thunder - Team Member, Joseph Szoltysik – co-Teacher, Robyn Rice – Teacher, and Emily Cordero and Joseph Rice – Team Members (This photo was taken at the National Finals on Tuesday, 02.17.2015)

(Left to Right) Kain Rivera – Engineering Mentor, Elise Brown Thunder – Team Member, Joseph Szoltysik – co-Teacher, Robyn Rice – Teacher, and Emily Cordero and Joseph Rice – Team Members (This photo was taken at the National Finals on Tuesday, 02.17.2015)

A high of 330F and possible snow showers was the expected weather forecast in the nation’s capital today. Locally, we are convinced that members of Arizona Region’s 1st Place Team, Diamant de l’Arizona of Maricopa Wells Middle School, brought rays of sunshine to this year’s National Future City Competition.

Michigan’s St. John Lutheran School walked away with the 1st Place prize for the national competition. Congratulations to St. Johns and all teams that competed in the 2015 competition. We are especially proud of our team’s performance this year. They are the only team that won two awards without placing in the Top 5 for the finalist part of the competition.

The first special award that was earned by the Arizona Team is Best Residential Zone. This award is sponsored by the Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA, and recognizes strategic placement of residential zones that allow maximum return for quality of life issues.

The second award is Most Sustainable Food Production System. This award is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and was presented to the team with the design that provides the best sustainable food production system while conserving soil, water, and energy.

As a reminder, the theme for the 2015 competition is feeding future cities. Team Daimant de l’Arizona’s food crops are prickly pear cactus and bee pollen.

Some of the activities for the national competition were captured by local PBS Channel 8. An interview with our students is provided in the February 17, 2015 broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3o9-SV9Jeo#action=share.

Additional videos and photos can also be found on our FaceBook page: Future City Arizona.

[Similar content for this post appears as a news release for the Future City Competition Arizona Region.]

 

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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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