Future City Competition - ITE Award Goes To Kulin
Future City challenges 6th, 7th, and 8th grades with making the world of the future a better place. The students imagine, research, design, and construct models of their cities of the future that demonstrate their solutions to large-scale sustainability. In the physical model, different kinds of recycled materials are used. Past topics include have included storm water management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy. The these was Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Each teams will chose a specific threat to their city's water supply and designed a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.
Participants completed five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, and the presentation to judges at Regional Competitions, which took place on January 25. The Regional winners from January will represent at the Finals in Washington, DC in February.
This year, five ITE members served as judges at the Regional Competition, with multi-modal transportation systems as our main focus. There were many excellent models demonstrating futuristic forms of transportation, such as bubble pods, high-speed vacuum trains, solar walkways, micro transit, and other imaginative solutions to transportation. Though there were many great models, ultimately ITE’s top choice for transportation was a city called “Kulin”, submitted by Edmond Station School K-8 in Tucson (model #705). Though only one team could be selected as the top choice, every team deserved recognition for their creativity and hard work!