The mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for students in grades 7 and 8. Future City combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future. This will be accomplished by:
- Fostering engineering skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving skills
- Providing interaction among students, teachers, and engineer mentors
- Informing the community about the multi-disciplines within the engineering profession
- Inspiring students to explore futuristic concepts and careers in engineering
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where SPC students in 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials costing no more than $100; 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.
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Future City Team on winning 3rd place out of 34 teams at the Chicago Regional Competition!
The St. Paul of the Cross students have been building their future city of Wonderwood under the guidance of science teacher Mrs. Christine Stypka, computer teacher Mrs. Laurie Moran, engineer mentor Mr. Philip Spagnolo, and Ms. Cathy Balentine.
The Future City theme this year is “Power of Public Spaces”, challenging teams to design a network of innovative, multi-use public spaces throughout their city that serves the city's diverse population.
Together, they work as a team and use SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials costing no more than $100; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competition.
The students worked very hard and did a fantastic job. Congratulations! The following students were part of the team this year: Amanda B., Matthew C., Amy D., Kathleen D., Will F., Sean G., Evan J., Karl K., Mia K., Michael L., Mary Catherine M., Lily N., Tabitha N., Emily N., Joseph N., Bradley O., Renee P., Juliana P., PJ S., Patrick S., Isabella V., Madison W., Mackenzie W.
SPC Future City Team Three-Peat First Place Regional Winner!
In January, 2015, the SPC Future City team made history by becoming a “three-peat” first place winner in the regional competition in Chicago. Winning first place in the region allowed the team to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. against 37 other teams, including one from China! Our SPC team placed 11th in the nation. We are very proud of the whole team. Our school team consisted of 10 seventh and eighth graders: Students pictured from left to right: Roberta S., Adan M., Elizabeth B., Triona O., Brendan K., Jared L., Charlie R., Aiden J., Ian C., and Angelica L. Educators Mrs. Christine Stypka and Mrs. Laurie Moran lead the students with engineer mentor Mr. Philip Spagnolo.