The team, which captured the Florida regional competition, was comprised of students Susana Becerra, Nicole Fernandez-Valle and Lauren Rodriguez; engineer-mentor Maria Fernandez-Porrata; and teacher Susy Chu. Day presented them their awards for their city, "Vai Verde," set in 2275.
The Future City Competition, which was created in IEEE-USA's former Washington office in 1992 and staged for the first time a year later, is designed to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students. Under the guidance of an engineer and teacher, the children create their own vision of a future city, working first on computer and then constructing three-dimensional scale models.
The students also have to write an essay about a predetermined challenge the city might face. This year's theme was "to design systems to conserve and reuse our most precious resource," water. The final piece of the contest is a presentation before a panel of judges.
More than 1,100 schools and 30,000 students from across the United States competed during the 2008-09 season. Pilot programs are held in Egypt, Sweden and Japan. A spinoff, "Future Cities 2020," is underway in India.
Bexley (Ohio) Middle School won the national championship for its future city, "Novo Mondum." The five team members will receive a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., courtesy of Bentley Systems, Inc.
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