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Future Cities Competition 2016-2017

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 was  the Future Cities competition for the FMS Future Cities Club. Every year, these competitions are held nationwide. In New York, our school went against other schools in the Albany area. The presenters this year were Gary Lvov, Aneesh Muppidi, and Meghana Bhupati, two 8th graders and a 7th grader. The first place winners from this area move onto the Future Cities competition final, which is held in Washington, DC. This year’s theme  was “The Power of Public Space”. The kids worked hard to make their essay, model, and SimCity presentation. They learned innovative ways to use public spaces, and incorporate some futuristic ideas into it. Each school named their futuristic city and gave it a location. They also had to follow a rubric to make sure their work was the best it could be.

The actual competition was held at Proctor’s theater. All the schools presented their project to the judges who voted on the top 5 best presentations, as well as other awards. Students also voted on categories too, such as “best city to live in”. Winners of some categories like “innovation and construction” won a sum of money that goes toward that school’s Future City program.

To prepare for this competition was a long process. First, students had to research public space ideas for their city. They also had to write a 1500 word essay about their city. They had to design a SimCity and create a slideshow about it. Next, they wrote a project plan to discuss how they will achieve their goal. They built their model city out of recycled materials which had to contain a moving part. Finally, they wrote and memorized a 7 minute script about their city to read to the judges.

The students at our school had a great time at the competition. Joanna Andrews, a 7th grader who participated this year, said, “We worked super hard to research and put together our city, so we are all super excited to show it off, and it was really fun to learn about all the other school’s cities!”

Our school won the student voted “Best City to Live In” and “Best Land Surveying Practices” awards this year. Congratulations to all the students in Future Cities club!

 

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