______________News Release 2013-9
Arizona Region Future City CompetitionTM
Date: January 26, 2013
Region Coordinator: Mike Andrews, 602.682.5440 T,
PIO: Vi Brown, 480.205.2616 M,
Future City CompetitionTMArizona Region
First thru Fifth Place Region Winners Announced

Phoenix, AZ: The top five cities of the future will be located around the world in places like China, India, Seattle, WA, or a floating city that can move from port to port and country to country. What happens if there is a threat of a national disaster to the floating city? Simple – move your city out of harm’s way! These cities will be powered by solar energy, wind systems, piezoelectric flooring, and hydroelectric power. Impervious asphalt with subsurface water collection systems appeared to be the preferred design for managing storm water runoff.
The following student teams emerged as the top five region winners from today’s Future City Competition – Arizona Region:
First Place Team & Arizona Region Winner: City of Bahal
School: Veritas Homeschoolers
Students: Timothy Graunke, Rachel Fisher, and Jesse Friedman
Teacher: Kathryn Graunke   Engineer: Matthew Graunke

(Left to right: First Row: Jesse Friedman, Rachel Fisher, and Timothy Graunke;
Second Row: Matthew and Kathryn Graunke; Third Row: Michael Andrews, AZ
Region Coordinator, and Robert Enderle, Medtronic)

Second Place Team: City of Elysium
School: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Students: Andrew Nahom, Reed Meyer, and Rachel Larsen
Teacher: Deborah Magish
Third Place Team: City of Navre La Ville
School: Copperwood Elementary
Students: Timothy Pettett, Joaquin Armatage, and Samuel Owen
Teacher: Ayse Miller
Fourth Place Team: City of Eureka
School: Orangedale Junior High
Student: Yousef Badahdah, Tasmia  Alam, and Sergio Avina
Teacher: Peter Bartanen
Fifth Place Team: City of Izdeehar
School: Phoenix Metro Islamic School
Students: Rifa Vhora, Noorulhuda Ali, and Aaqib Quadri
Teacher: Ouahida Hamzaoui   Engineer: Hanif Vhora
Many thanks to a very special panel of judges whose job it was to identify the first to fifth place teams for the Arizona Region. They are: Al Winn  VP Apache Programs (Retired) - The Boeing Company, Robert Enderle, Director, Human  Resources -  Medtronic Microelectronics Center, Lisa Perry, Community Investment Coordinator, - General Dynamics, Robert Anchondo, Director, Space, Missile & Marine Systems - Honeywell Aerospace, Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Superintendent of Programs and Policy -Arizona Department of Education, and Mary O’Reilly, PhD, CEM, Scientific Program Officer - Science Foundation Arizona.
The first place winning team will be heading to Washington, DC to participate in the National Future City Competition, February 17 to 21, 2013. Our first place winner will compete with 35 other region winners from across the country at the Hyatt Regency (Crystal City, VA) to compete for the national title. More than 35,000 students from 1,300 middle schools will have participated nationwide in this year’s competition.
Similar in format to the region competition, teams are judged on their presentation, virtual city design, physical model, research essay and city narrative. The first-place national team wins a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, sponsored by Bentley Systems, Incorporated.  Second place team receives a $5,000 scholarship from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) for its school’s technology program. Third place receives a $2,000 scholarship from IEEE-USA for that school’s technology program. Bentley will also provide a 10-seat academic suite of engineering software for each school of the top three teams. 
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For information regarding this news release, contact Vi Brown at 480.205.2616 M or
About the Future City Competition:  The Future City Competition is a national program sponsored by the engineering community to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students. The program fosters an interest in math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications. The competition 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. The Future City Competition offers students a fun way to learn about engineering and cities of the future.      
Since the National Engineers Week Future City Competition began in 1992, it has been recognized by the education and engineering communities as an innovative program and has also been recognized by the White House. The National Science Educational Leadership Association has endorsed the program.