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Middle School Students STEM Competition This Saturday at Arizona State University


Student team members and engineering judges at Future City Competition Arizona Region on Saturday, January 17, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


Phoenix, AZ:  We are days away from the Future City Competition Arizona Region that will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at:

Arizona State University
Memorial Union
301 East Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ

At this point in the region competition, some very anxious middle school students are feverishly practicing their presentations for this coming Saturday, and capturing some last minute research details or facts that they want the judges to know about their city.  As one of several deliverables for the region and national competitions, student team members are required to give a seven (7) minute presentation discussing features of their future city and their solution to the challenge question followed by a 5 to 8 minute question and answer period from judges.

Adults are well aware that public speaking is not something most people line up to do. It falls under the category of personal anxieties that many persons are still attempting to master. However, the Future City Competition recognizes the need for engineers, scientists and technologists to communicate with a variety of professionals on a daily basis. Being able to verbally communicate their ideas and a solution to a design problem in a clear and concise manner is a very important skill that any STEM professional should have. For this deliverable, students prepare and practice a presentation that highlights their future city and describes their unique solid waste solution(s).

Student registration for the competition begins at 7:00 a.m., and the opening activities begin at 8:00 a.m. We expect to announce the winning team of the Arizona Region on or before 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. Updates will be sent via email as well as posted to our FaceBook page: Future City Arizona.

As a reminder, the Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models is underway at the Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix. The library is located at 1221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ   85004. The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular library hours. It runs through Thursday, January 21, 2016.

For information regarding this news release, contact Vi Brown at 480.205.2616 M or v.brown@futurecityarizona.org, or go to www.futurecityarizona.org.

About the Future City Competition: The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It is sponsored by the engineering community to promote and grow a dynamic engineering profession critical to public health, safety, and welfare. The program promotes math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications and is open to all public, private and parochial schools. The National Finals of the Future City Competition are a featured event during National Engineers Week with students from across the country competing in Washington, D.C. for awards and prizes. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant.

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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