More than 500 students from across the state of Michigan competed in the 17th annual Michigan Regional Future City Competition held January 30, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
Two teams from Detroit Public Schools received special awards for their displays on safer and greener cities of the future.
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School was honored with the Most Healthy Community award, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield-Blue Care Network of Michigan.
Paul Robeson, Malcolm X Academy-Team 1 was honored with the Paul Tucker, Jr. Excellence in Engineering Award, sponsored by Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull, Inc.
Three DPS teams total attended the competition, two teams from Paul Robeson, Malcolm X Academy and one team from Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School.
“All three teams worked with an engineer the entire time,” said Alycia Meriweather, Executive Director of the Office of Science for Detroit Public Schools. “Even after weeks of preparation, FLICS worked until 9:30 p.m. the Friday night before the competition to make sure they were ready. All of the teams really represented DPS well.”
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future in which they would like to live, according to www.futurecity.org.
Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
For a full list of the 2012 Michigan Regional Future City Competition winners, visit the Engineering Society of Detroit’s website at www.esd.org.