Future City Competition - Arizona Region



 
The Arizona Future City Competition is part of the national Future City Competition, sponsored by National Engineers Week.  We are a 501(c) 3 organization, supported by corporate and other donations and staffed solely by volunteers.  The competition encourages middle school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by presenting a set of technical challenges over a four-month season that each three-student team must address, culminating at regional finals in January.
 

 


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 Future City CompetitionTM Arizona Region
Date: January 26, 2016
Region Coordinator: Mike Andrews, 602.682.5440 T, m.andrews@ieee.org
PIO: Vi Brown, 480.205.2616 M, v.brown@futurecityarizona.org
 
Arizona Region Awards Winners – List 2:
Professional Engineering Societies, National and Arizona Awards
 
 
Phoenix, AZ: This release/post completes the list of awards that were given to very deserving recipients at the 19th annual Future City Competition Arizona Region on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
 

 
Third Place Region Winner – Team Safi (from left to right) Patricia Reiter, Executive Director - ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative and award presenter, Team Members Mindy Nguyen, Guenevere Coury, and Payton Goltz, and Allan Smolko – Engineer Mentor,
(back row) Susan Jones - Teacher

 
The Arizona Region Future City Competition has been hosted each year by volunteers of the engineering community including professional engineering societies, local businesses, corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals.


Sponsoring Engineering Society Award, Criteria and Recipient
 
American Council of Engineering Companies
of Arizona

 
Award: Best Application of Business Practices
Award Criteria: Best use of design financed by private, non-governmental companies.
 
School: Kyrene Aprende 
Team: Zotopolis 
Team Members: Callum Rohrer,  Chadrick Bogan, and Brandon Romero 
Teacher: Eric Santos
American Institute of Architects (AIA-AZ)

 
 
Award: Architectural Excellence Award
 
Award Criteria: Best use of design principles to create a future city in harmony with its natural environment and is beautiful to view.
 
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School 
Team: Ba Shoileir 
Team Members: Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick, and Anabelle Dayley 
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Damon Hahn
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE-AZ Section)
 
Award: Best Design for Sustainability
Award Criteria: Best application of sustainable design aspects across the city, including economic, energy and environmental issues.
 
School: Desert Wind Middle School 
Team: Reine Luft 
Team Members: Riley Bell-Niver, Jeanette Gord, and Jarom Hoopes 
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Gerry Hahn 
America Public Works Association (APWA)
 
Award: Best Functioning City
 
Award Criteria: A city where quality of life is enhanced by invisible human services, including transportation, effective water systems and environmental disposal of waste.
 
School: Veritas Homeschoolers 
Team: Veritas Ville (Alegria)  
Team Members: Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki, and Madyison Nichols 
Teacher: Kathryn Graunke 
Engineer Mentor: Matthew Graunke 
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
 
Award: Best Application of Quality Concepts to Future Cities
Award Criteria: Outstanding application of design for quality of air, water, and life.
 
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School 
Team: Ba Shoileir 
Team Members: Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick, and Anabelle Dayley 
Teacher: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Damon Hahn 
 
Arizona Society of Civil Engineers (AzSCE)
 
Award: Innovative Use of Infrastructure
Award Criteria: Most innovative infrastructure systems, including transportation (roads, transit, bridges, etc.), water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment.
 
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School 
Team: Gexin 
Team Member: Emma Schrader, John Travis Daniel, and Joseline Nowell 
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Christian Schrader 
Arizona Water Association (AZWater)
 
Award: Best Use of Water & Environmental  Resources
Award Criteria: Demonstrate innovative solutions to protect and preserve both water and environmental resources.
 
School: Kyrene Aprende 
Team: Boardwalk City 
Team Members: Matthew Jimenez, Mekhi Mason, and Diego Diaz 
Teacher: Eric Santos
 
Construction Specification Institute (CSI-PHX)
 
Award: Excellence in the Use of Building Materials
Award Criteria: Best use of building materials to produce a future city that is both environmentally friendly and sustainable.
 
School: Desert Wind Middle School 
Team: Tulevaisuus 
Team Member: Genesis Uriarte Sandoval,  Sydney Anderson, and Airen Fortunato 
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Gerry Hahn 
 
Institute of Electrical and Electric Engineers (IEEE)
 

 
Award: Best Communications System
Award Criteria: Best use of devices for inter-building and inter-city communications, including personal, public safety, or business communications.
 
School: Copperwood Elementary 
Team: Safi 
Team Members: Guenevere Coury, Payton Goltz, and Mindy Nguyen 
Teacher: Susan Jones 
Engineer Mentor: Allan Smolko
 
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
 
 
Award: Best Multimodal Transportation System
 
Award Criteria: Greatest number of modes demonstrated for movement of people and goods, along with best integration of multiple transportation modes.
 
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School 
Team: Volturnus 
Team Members: Connor Witte, James Daxton Redfern, and Bryan Pick 
Teachers: Robyn Rice amd Joseph Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Robb Witte
 
Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona (ITSA)
 
 
Award: Best Future Transportation System
Award Criteria:Most number of different travel modes, holistic approach to travel types, along with use of technology and least impact on environment.
 
School: Smoketree Elementary 
Team: Future Stars 
Team Members: Luis Olmos, Andrew Bon, and Nery Sanchez 
Teacher: Fatima Mu 
Engineer Mentor: Jeremy Abbott 
 
International Council of Systems Engineers
(INCOSE)
 
Award: Best Complex System of Systems Approach
Award Criteria: Most depth and breadth of interrelationships among future city systems.
School: Smoketree Elementary  
Team: Alceous 
Team Members: Jett Halfacre Buie, Jaxon Berry, and Joshua Lumpkin 
Teacher: Fatima Mu 
Engineer Mentor: Jeremy Abbott
 
Project Management Institute (PMI)
 

 
Award: Special Award for Project Management
Award Criteria: The project manager demonstrating project management best practices and with the ability to meet competition time and delivery objectives (Awarded to the Project Manager, only.)
 
School: Desert Wind Middle School 
Team: Novos Comecos 
Project Manager: Jaden Pyle
 
Rio Salado Architectural Foundation (RSAF)
 
 
Award: Rich Goewey Community Awareness
Award Criteria: The city that best displays a sense of community: an atmosphere of cooperation and harmony amongst its citizens.
 
School: Canyon Breeze Elementary 
Team: Arcadia Bay 
Student Team: Taya Manion, Katelyn Rowen, and Jordan Robarge 
Teacher: Barbara Leligdon 
Engineer Mentor: Amy Martinez 
 
Society of Military Engineers (SAME-PHX)
 
 
Award: Best Team Effort
Award Criteria: Project that best exemplifies cooperation between the team members in creating their vision of a future city.
 
School: Desert Wind Middle School 
Team: Gronn Vekkelse 
Team Members: Parker Hunsaker, Henry McCloskey, and Alysa Huffman 
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Gerry Hahn
 
Structural Engineering Association of Arizona (SEAOA)

 
Award: Most Innovative Structure
 
Award Criteria: Best use of structural principles to address unique structural loading due to local conditions (earthquake, wind, etc.)
 
School: Smoketree Elementary  
Team: Alceous 
Team Members: Jett Halfacre Buie, Jaxon Berry, and Joshua Lumpkin 
Teacher: Fatima Mu 
Engineer Mentor: Jeremy Abbott
 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
 
 
Award: Most Innovative Design
Award Criteria: Most creative and innovative future city theme, setting, and model construction which incorporates unique and sound engineering concepts.
 
School: Kyrene Aprende 
Team: Olympus 
Team Members: Alia Ventura and Bailey Morton
Teacher: Eric Santos 
 
Special National Awards
 
 
American Society of Agricultural and biological Engineers (ASABE)
 
 
Award: Most Sustainable Food Production System
Award Criteria: Most innovative and holistic approach to growing, producing, and distributing food products to meet long term demand.
 
School: Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School 
Team: ZWC 
Team Members: Japheth Villalobos, Ivan Martin, and Anthony Nadeau 
Teacher: Jackie Nichols 
Engineer Mentor: Irene Ogata 
 
National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors
 
 
Award: Best Land Surveying Practices (NCEES)
Award Criteria: The design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public’s safety and welfare.
 
School: Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School 
Team: Cairo 
Team Member: Monica Gutierrez, Julia Burke, and Kobe Howard 
Teacher: Jackie Nichols
 
Engineer Mentor: Irene Ogata
 
In addition to the above awards, five teams received Walton Sustainability Community Awards from the Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability. The Arizona Region also recognized three members of the leadership team with Volunteer Awards and one of the teacher’s in the competition with the Educational Excellence Award.
 
Special Arizona Awards Award, Criteria and Recipient
Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives of Arizona State University
 
Award: Walton Sustainability Community Award
Award Criteria: Creating a community with social connectivity, use of outdoor space, and access to civic space to promote community health and well-being (five awards to be awarded to individual teams)
Award 1  
School: Desert Wind Middle School 
Team: Novos Comecos 
Team Members: Savannah Shelabarger, Rhiannon Reed, and Jordan Levy 
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Gerry Hahn 
Award 2  
School: Desert Wind Middle School 
Team: Gronn Vekkelse
Team Members: Parker Hunsaker,  Henry McCloskey, and Alysa Huffman 
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik 
Engineer Mentor: Gerry Hahn 
   
Award 3  
School: Veritas Homeschoolers 
Team: Veritas Ville (Alegria)  
Team Members: Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki, and Madyison Nichols 
Teacher: Kathryn Graunke 
Engineer Mentor: Matthew Graunke 
Award 4  
School:Kyrene Aprende 
Team: Boardwalk City 
Team Members: Matthew Jimenez, Mekhi Mason, and Diego Diaz 
Teacher: Eric Santos
Award 5  
School: Sonoran Science Academy 
Team: Phoenix Drop (Addis Ababa) 
Team Members: Asiya Aliye, Zakia Said, and Nicolas Whyman 
Teacher: Amanda Evans  
Arizona Region
 
Award: Educational Excellence
Criteria: Awarded to the teacher who has best demonstrated leadership and support to Future City teams during the competition year.
 
Teacher: Gretchen Downey of Singe Middle School
Arizona Region Award: Volunteer of the Year
Award Criteria: Awarded to the Future City Competition volunteer who most exhibited the spirt and support for the competition as a member of the leadership group.
Recipient: Jeff Van Skike, Arizona Region Competition Logistics Planner
Arizona Region Award: Special Competition Award
Recipients: David Ellingson and Jayson Phillips, Arizona Region Coordinators
 
 
The Future City Competition Arizona Region has been hosted each year by volunteers of the engineering community including professional engineering societies, local businesses, corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals since 1997-1998 season. Locally, this STEM competition for middle school students was held on Saturday, January 17, 2016 on the campus of Arizona State University.
 
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 the Future City Competition:The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It 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.





CompetitionTM Arizona Region
Date: January 25, 2016
Region Coordinator: Mike Andrews, 602.682.5440 T, m.andrews@ieee.org
PIO: Vi Brown, 480.205.2616 M, v.brown@futurecityarizona.org
 
Arizona Region Awards Winners – List 1:
Place, City and Honorary Award Recipients
 

Team Veritas Ville (Alegria) left to right: Chloe Blomquist, Skene Black, Adriana Baniecki (presenter), Edward Wang, Madyison Nichols (presenter), Jeremy Graunke (presenter), Matthew Graunke - engineer mentor, Kathryn Graunke - teacher

One thing that each team that participated in this year’s competition needed to do was submit a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s waste management challenge: Waste Not, Want Not
 
The team of middle school students from Veritas Homeschoolers set about to revive an ailing Rio de Janeiro, 150 years into the future. At just six months away from the start of the summer 2016 Olympics, the City of Rio de Janeiro must address several key social and environmental challenges that pose a threat to one of the largest sporting events in the world. Guanabara Bay made international headlines due to its polluted waters, filled with raw sewage and massive amounts of garbage.
 
As explained by Team Veritas Ville, the City of Alegria will have a well-defined waste management system that combines food delivery with trash collection. Lifts similar to dumbwaiters will deliver food to residents who live in high rise condos and trash will be collected via chutes and recycled or chemically altered. The team proposes to make their city waste free by using a number of approaches to recycling including: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.
 
One of the attributes that future residents of the City of Rio de Janeiro might appreciate is that their future city will have good air quality. This will be accomplished by planting lots of trees and other green foliage throughout the city and on roof tops, and restricting industry within the city to those that meet non-polluting standards. Residents will use a mag-lev sky train for their transportation needs.
 
Team members will spend the next three weeks doing more research on their city to answer questions that judges may ask during the National Future City Competition, February 12 – 17, 2016, in Washington, DC. 
 
More than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools typically participate nationwide in the regional competitions. The winning team from each qualifying regional competition receives a trip to the Future City National Finals.
This STEM competition for middle school students was held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 on the campus of Arizona State University. A complete list of all award winners for the AZ Region will be published soon. 
 
Phoenix, AZ: If you’ve been following the most recent posts/news releases for this year’s competition, you already know that the 1st Place Team and region winner for the Future City Competition Arizona Region is the City of Alegria by Team Veritas Ville of Veritas Home Schoolers.
 
Team members are Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki, and Madyison Nichols. Kathryn Graunke is the teacher, and her husband, Matthew Graunke, is the engineer mentor. [See Veritas Homeschoolers’ Student Team Wins AZ Region STEM Competition.]

Our region winner will be spending the next three weeks preparing for the National Future City Competition in Washington, DC on February 12 – 17, 2016.
 
However, volunteers of the Arizona Region would be remiss if we didn’t inform you of other awards that were given at the competition on Saturday afternoon, January 23, 2016.
 
 
Place Awards
 
Second Place – Team Name: Ba Shoileir 
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Students: Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick, and Anabelle Dayley
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik     Engineer: Damon Hahn
 
Third Place – Team Name: Safi
School: Copperwood Elementary
Students: Guenevere Coury, Payton Goltz, and Mindy Nguyen
Teacher: Susan Jones    Engineer: Allan Smolko
 
Fifth Place – Team Name: Novos Comecos
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Savannah Shelabarger, Rhiannon Reed, and Jordan Levy
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn
 
Fifth Place – Team Name: Pura Terra
School: Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School
Students: Alyssa Elias, Mariana Barnett, and Ramon Cazares
Teacher: Jackie Nichols    Engineer: Irene Ogata
 
City Awards
 
In addition to the above awards, five city awards were given. City awards are given to the team with the best version of each of the five deliverables from the competition season. This is the first year that the Arizona Region included the Best Short Video as a city award. Student teams were asked to submit a one-minute video describing unique attributes of their future city. Twenty submittals were received. To our knowledge, Arizona is the only region that provides an award under this title.
 
Best Computer Model: Team Name – Pinkunobara
School: Canyon Breeze Elementary
Students: Celina Cardinale and Lizbeth Pablo
Teacher: Barbara Leligdon    Engineer: Amy Martinez
 
Best City Description: Team Name – Rugsberg
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Elizabeth Barba, Jailynn Cannon, and D’Avion Cyprian
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn
 
Best Short Video: Mt. Slogen
School: Copperwood Elementary
Students: Cade Austin, Sophia Gibson, and Faith Nixon
Teacher: Susan Jones    Engineer: Allan Smolko
 
Best Scale Model: Volturnus
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Students: Connor Witte, James Daxton Redfern, and Bryan Pick
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik    Engineer: Robb Witte
 
Best Team Presentation: Gronn Vekkelse
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Parker Hunsaker, Henry McCloskey, and Alysa Huffman
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn
 
Honorary Awards
 
Award of Distinction: Team Rugsberg
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Elizabeth Barba, Jailynn Cannon, and D’Avion Cyprian
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn
The Award of Distinction is chosen by the competition judging staff for the team which performed in an exemplary fashion during the competition season.
Public Choice Award: Team Ba Shoileir
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Students: Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick, and Anabelle Dayley
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik    Engineer: Damon Hahn
Input for this award is taken from the general public (library staff and visitors to the Phoenix Burton Barr Library) during the week that the Exhibit of 3-D Models is on display.
Popular Choice Award: Team Night Vale
School: Smoketree Elementary
Students: Jordan Grandell, Adia Alex, and Machree Hogard
Teacher: Fatima Mu    Engineer: Jeremy Abbott
More than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools typically participate nationwide in the regional competitions. The winning team from each qualifying regional competition receives a trip to the Future City National Competition Finals.
This STEM competition for middle school students was held on Saturday, January 17, 2016 on the campus of Arizona State University.
 
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 the Future City Competition:The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It 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.
 

 
Future City CompetitionTM Arizona Region
Date: January 19, 2016
Region Coordinator: Mike Andrews, 602.682.5440 T, m.andrews@ieee.org
PIO: Vi Brown, 480.205.2616 M, v.brown@futurecityarizona.org
 
Middle School Students STEM Competition This Saturday
at Arizona State University
 
 

 
 Student team members and engineering judges at
Future City Competition Arizona Region on Saturday, January 17, 2015,
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
 
Phoenix, AZ:  We are days away from the Future City Competition Arizona Region that will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at:
 
Arizona State University
Memorial Union
301 East Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ
 
Page 2 of 2: News Release 2016-03
 
 
At this point in the region competition, some very anxious middle school students are feverishly practicing their presentations for this coming Saturday, and capturing some last minute research details or facts that they want the judges to know about their city.  As one of several deliverables for the region and national competitions, student team members are required to give a seven (7) minute presentation discussing features of their future city and their solution to the challenge question followed by a 5 to 8 minute question and answer period from judges.
 
Adults are well aware that public speaking is not something most people line up to do. It falls under the category of personal anxieties that many persons are still attempting to master. However, the Future City Competition recognizes the need for engineers, scientists and technologists to communicate with a variety of professionals on a daily basis. Being able to verbally communicate their ideas and a solution to a design problem in a clear and concise manner is a very important skill that any STEM professional should have. For this deliverable, students prepare and practice a presentation that highlights their future city and describes their unique solid waste solution(s).
 
Student registration for the competition begins at 7:00 a.m., and the opening activities begin at 8:00 a.m. We expect to announce the winning team of the Arizona Region on or before 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. Updates will be sent via email as well as posted to our FaceBook page: Future City Arizona.
 
As a reminder, the Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models is underway at the Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix. The library is located at 1221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ   85004. The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular library hours. It runs through Thursday, January 21, 2016.
 
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 the Future City Competition:The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It 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.
 

 
 




Future City CompetitionTM Arizona Region
Date: January 13, 2016
Region Coordinator: Mike Andrews, 602.682.5440 T, m.andrews@ieee.org
PIO: Vi Brown, 480.205.2616 M, v.brown@futurecityarizona.org
 
Middle School Students Prep for Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models
To Be Displayed at Burton Barr Library
 
                                                                    
Phoenix, AZ: This posts serves as a reminder to members of the news media and the public that one of the major events of the 2015-2016 Future City Competition Arizona Region – Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models– begins this Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Burton-Barr Library in downtown Phoenix.
 
You never know who may show up!
 
 Location and hours for the library are:
 
1221 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ   85004
Exhibit Opens: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Library Closed: Monday, January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Holiday)
Exhibit Closes: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon
 
The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular library hours. It has been cited as one of the favorite annual events of Phoenix Burton-Barr library staff and their patrons for a number of years.


 



2016 Press Release!


Arizona Region
 
Date: January 1, 2016
Region Coordinator: Mike Andrews, 602.682.5440 T, m.andrews@ieee.org
PIO: Vi Brown, 480.205.2616 M, v.brown@futurecityarizona.org
 
Upcoming Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models and
Region Competition Dates Announced
Phoenix, AZ. What does the Future City CompetitionTM Arizona Region and The View – ABC’s long running television talk show – have in common? We are both in our 19th season.
The Future City Competition, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) competition for middle school students, kicked off its 2015-2016 season on August 5, 2015.  Since then, 7th and 8th graders working in teams of three, have submitted their logical model, computer design, and description of their future city to competition judges. The next deliverables are the physical city models, expense reports, and project plans – all due by Sunday, January 16, 2016. 
This STEM competition is not just for students. The Arizona Region is hosting two public upcoming events and there is no cost to attend:
1.    Models on Display at Burton Barr Central Library
1221 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85004
Sunday - Thursday, January 17-21, 2016 (The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.)
 
2.    Regional Competition at Arizona State University
Memorial Union
301 East Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ
Saturday - January 23, 2016
Team Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
Competition begins at 8:15 a.m.

For this competition, each student team is required to write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s waste management challenge: Waste Not, Want Not
More information on the requirements for the city description can be found at Future City Competition City Description.
Additional thoughts on the waste management challenge are provided in the following posts for the blog, A Bridge for Business & STEM:
*      Paper or Plastic? for the Tiny Mealworm
 
*      Reducing Food Waste in Municipal Solid Waste Streams
 
*      Waste Not, Want Not With Holiday Gift Giving
 
Look for more information and updates about the Arizona Region competition in the coming weeks. We can be found on the internet at www.futurecityarizona.org, and on FaceBook at Future City Arizona.
For information regarding this news release, contact Vi Brown at 480.205.2616 M or v.brown@futurecityarizona.org.
 
About the Future City Competition:The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It 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.
 
 
 
 
 




Here is a link to our first ever Podcast.  Check us out on Soundhound.  We promise that the second one will look and sound better, but you have to start somewhere.
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There are many changes to the deliveralbes this year.  Click here to get the updated National Future City Program.  To help support teachers understand these changes we will have two training sessions.  

This just in, our second Future City kick off meeting will be held on September 19th at 9:00 am at The Southwest Gas Corporation office located at:

5705 S. Kyrene Rd. Tempe, AZ 85283

Click here if you are planning on attending this meeting.  We will have new speakers that will help get your teams ready for the "Waste not, Want not" challenge.

 

Please click here to review the video from the national competition site to learn about the changes.  

 


Click here to view school photos from the 2015 Competition
Click below to see the 2015 winning teams commercial that showcases their great city.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=964992493533331


Maricopa Wells Team is

2015 Regional Champions


Dimant de l'Arizona City is best in competition.

Left to Right: Team Members - Elise Brown Thunder, Emily Cordero, and Joseph Rice,
Sarah Skrnich - Project Manager, and Robin Rice - Teacher

Information Just for You

Students

Your challenge this year is Waste Not, Want Not.  The design challenge is to create an innovative citywide solid waste management system for residential use and small businesses in your city of the future.  The system must be safe, environmentally sound and energy efficient.  You'll design a Virtual City using SimCitytm  then write a City Description that explains your solutions and also entice others to visit or live in your city.  You even get to build a scale model of a portion of your city to demonstrate how great a solution you've designed.  At the Regional Finals you will explain your concept of a perfect city and the society that lives there.
 
Have a fun engineering experience!  See you at the Region Finals! 

 

Teachers

Without you, there is no Future City Competition!  You are the key catalyst for your students to learn from  the Future City Competition experience. If you sponsor student teams, they will not only apply classroom learning, but develop new skills like teamwork, planning, time management, and public speaking.  They will build valuable lifelong knowledge and cherished lifelong memories. You will meet STEM objectives as defined by the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards as well the objectives of other programs like 21st Century Learner.

It all starts with you.  Register today!       For additional information, click here

 

We need Engineer-Mentors today!

If you are a member of the engineering, architectural, or technical professions, a retiree from those professions, or a college or university student pursuing a degree in those areas, our competition students and teacher-sponsors need your help right now!

It doesn't take a lot of time and your engagement with the students is very valuable.  Mentors can "job share", work with the teacher and students in the classroom or even mentor from a virtual environment!

Become a mentor today!  Register here

Competition Judge teams are forming now!  Click here for more information

Click here for Engineer-Mentor Page

 

Judges

There are two types of judges, competition judges and society judges.  Competion judges are teams of professional engineers who evaluate each student team's competition deliverables. The judges use competition rubrics to determine scores.  Competition judges work in teams and begin their activities in late October.

Click here to see the rules and rubrics for this years competion.
Click here for more information about Competition Judges.

Each year, Arizona Region professional societies present awards to competing student teams based on criteria estblished by the society.  Judges from each society are selected by the society from its membership.  Contact your society to volunteer to become a society judge.  Click here for the latest information from societies. 

Volunteers

We are ALL volunteers in the Arizona Region.  Every teacher-sponsor, engineer-mentor, judge, and member of the leadership team is a volunteer.  The spirit of helping others is strong here.  Each year our volunteers contribute thousands of hours to promote and produce the Future City Competition.  Our volunteers do everything...talk with teachers and students, work with the media, serve as judges, be a host at the library when the models are on display and help with hundreds of things on the day of the finals.

Join us today to help our Arizona Region students build a better future.

Click here for more information about volunteer opportunities

Media

Do you want to produce a story on the positive achievements of Arizona middle school students?

How about discussing the impact the program has made on the parents or classroom performance?

Email:  Vi Brown,  v.brown@futurecityarizona.org

Click here for media resources

Parents

Parent encouragement is key to the success of student teams.  Teams with ongoing parent support are more likely to complete competition deliverables and have a lifelong learning experience.

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Sponsorships

The Future City mission is to encourage students in math, science, and engineering (STEM) skills and provide an early opportunity for academic teamwork.  Corporations and companies are the lifeblood of Future City. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and we are entirely dependent on donations and sponsorships to support the hundreds of students, teachers and schools participating in the competition each year.  By the way, student success is also impacted by the little things...the $25 registration fee, the plywood substrate for their model, the transportation to the regional finals or other special event.

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