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Future Cities Competition
Posted: 1/19/2019

A middle school team of 6th and 7th graders from Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School placed second in Georgia in the Regional Future City Competition at City Springs Performing Arts Center in Sandy Springs.  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 school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Future City prepares students not only to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, but also to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Future City asks...”How can we make the world a better place?”  This year’s theme was to design a resilient power grid that could not only withstand, but also quickly recover from, the impact of a natural disaster.  The city would exist at least 100 years in the future, and the engineering solutions had to be innovative, futuristic, and scientifically plausible. Participants had to complete five challenges: a virtual city design (using SimCity®), a 1,500-word essay, a scale model using only a $100 budget, a project plan, and an oral presentation to judges.  

The students from St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School named their fictional city DREAM City (an acronym for Durable, Resilient, Energy-Efficient, Active, and Metropolis). The city is located in Costa Rica in the year 2134, and was built to endure multiple natural disasters, including tsunamis.  The team was not only the regional runner up out of 35 teams, but also received special awards for "Best Research Essay," “Most Innovative Design,” and "Best Land Surveying Practices.” The school Faculty Advisor is Mrs. Eleonora Straub, and parent mentors are Mrs. Stephanie Sweeney and Mr. Peter Sloan.  Congratulations to these outstanding students!