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Alabama Takes First Place, Arizona Places Fifth at 2016 National Future City® Competition

[Note 1: Featured Image (home page) credits: AZ Region’s 5th Place Team for the 2016 competition: (left to right) Kent Dibble – Finals Judge and President of Dibble Engineering, and team members Ramon Cazares, Alyssa Elias-Acosta, Mariana Barnett Fernandez, and Jackie Nichols – teacher.

Note 2: This news release was prepared by the National Future City Competition with minor revisions made at the region level.]

A city of the future – Ville Suave – engineered by students from Academy for Science and Foreign Language in Huntsville, Alabama – won the grand prize today at the 2016 Future City® Competition. The students – Isabel Waring,12 Hanna White,14 and  Alexa Huerta,13 – teamed with teacher Angela Traylor and volunteer mentor Raymond Woodson, a retired aeronautical engineer –  to earn the 2016 Grand Prize.


2016 National Champions – Academy for Science &Foreign Language of Huntsville, AL

“This was one of the best experiences of my life,” said winning student Isabel Waring. “I learned so much about engineering that I didn’t know and I made so many new friends.  If anyone asks me if they should compete in Future City, I’d have only one thing to say: ‘Do it!!’

Since last fall, 40,000 middle school students from 1,300 schools have been engaged in the 2015-16 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme: Waste Not, Want Not, challenged students to design waste management systems of the future.

Teams from 37 middle schools and organizations, each a winner of intense regional competitions held throughout January, participated in the Future City National Finals that took place at the Capital Hilton, Washington, DC, as part of Engineers Week.

Academy for Science and Foreign Language takes home the grand prize: a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for its school’s STEM program (provided by National Finals sponsor Bentley Systems, Inc.). Their city’s solution is based on the model the team researched, developed and presented.

Second place went to Harbor View Academy from the Texas (North) region for their City of Bedford Falls. The team, based in Rockwall, Texas, is comprised of students Joy Mitchell, 13 Joshua Richardson, 13, Lucy Metheny, 12, as well as teacher Kimberly Mitchell and mentor Mary Jo Marvin, a retired engineer from Raytheon in Garland, Texas. Harbor View Academy receives a $5,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Michigan’s St. John Lutheran School in Rochester took third place honors for its Future City Egabrag. St. John Lutheran School receives a $2,000 scholarship for its STEM program, sponsored by IEEE-USA.

Honorable mention for fourth place went to New Lebanon Jr. High School in the New York (Albany) region for their City of Marhielo.  Fifth place was awarded to Arizona region’s Veritas Homeschoolers for their City of Alegria. Each receives $750 for their organization’s STEM programs, sponsored by Ohio University and NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying).

During the Future City Competition, students work as a team to design a virtual city using SimCity™ software. They research a city-wide issue and write an essay with their findings and solutions. They build a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials costing no more than $100 and they write a brief narrative promoting their city.

Future City was recently honored as the grand prize winner of a $100,000 award in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program (ULIEA).  Developed in collaboration with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the UL Innovative Education Award  is open to nonprofits that motivate K-12 schools about science research through E-STEM programming and education about the environment.

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including mentors and regional coordinators. For information about Future City or to volunteer, visit www.futurecity.org.

Major funding for the National Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems and Shell Oil Company.


Arizona Region 1st Place Team and 5th Place National Future City Competition Winner: Team Veritas Ville (Alegria) left to right: Matthew Graunke – engineer mentor, Kathryn Graunke – teacher, and team members Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki and Madyison Nichols

Congratulations again to Arizona Region’s Team Veritas Ville for an outstanding competition season – both at the region and national levels.

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 DiscoverE:  DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. 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. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

About the Future City Competition: The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It is also a program of the DiscoverE organization.  This STEM program 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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