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Posted: 1/22/2018

One of our 7th grade teams was crowned the winner of this year’s Regional Future City Competition. Approximately 68 teams competed across the State of Georgia with the Regional Champions moving on to compete in the National Future City Finals in Washington, DC.  The team members are Alex , Caoimhina and Christina.

Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   Future City starts with a question...How can we make the world a better place?  This year’s 2017-2018 theme is The Age-Friendly City.  Teams identify an age-related challenge that exists in today's urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city's senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be.  Participants complete five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model using only a $100 budget; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions.  After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

The students from St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School created a fictional future city named GRACE Springs based in the year 2137.  This team not only won the region but also achieved the awards for "Best Research Essay," "Best Presentation “and” Most Innovative Power Generation".  The team will now compete in Washington DC against 34 other Regional team winners, including teams from Canada, China and Egypt.