Middle schoolers to compete in regional “Future City” competition

LA GRANGE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Middle school students are applying themselves to creating solid waste management solutions for the future, as they approach the 2015-2016 Future City® Competition.

The regional finals of the competition are set for January 18, 2016 at Oldham County Middle School, where more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools in 37 regions around the country, will display their work.

First-place winners from each qualifying regional competition receive a trip to the Future City Competition National Finals in Washington, D.C., February 13-17, 2016, immediately prior to Engineers Week.

This year’s theme, Waste Not, Want Not, encourages students to design waste management systems for residential use and small businesses by looking at issues such as collection, separation, processing, recycling, health and safety, energy efficiency, environmental impact and cost. Students learn how today’s engineers and city planners deal with citywide sustainability issues like solid waste management. They research cutting edge technologies and imagine and design a plausible and futuristic solution that can exist for generations.

The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?

Working in a team with an educator and engineer mentor, students are challenged to design a virtual city using SimCity™ software. They research today’s waste management systems and write a city description about their solutions and city design. Students then bring their ideas to life by building a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials on a budget of $100 or less and give a brief presentation about their city.

To learn more, visit www.futurecity.org or their Facebook page.

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