Creating a Future City

Pictured left to right: Ms. Scafa, Brendan Joyce, Haley Sahadeo, Adam Fisch, Stephen Farrell, and Ms. Rice.
Pictured left to right: Ms. Scafa, Brendan Joyce, Haley Sahadeo, Adam Fisch, Stephen Farrell, and Ms. Rice.
The Stimson team built a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials. In addition to showcasing their city of the future, the City Model also showed the team's solution to this year’s challenge. The model must have at least one moving part, be built to scale, and may not exceed the $100 expense budget (including any materials used in the presentation, too!).
The Stimson team built a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials. In addition to showcasing their city of the future, the City Model also showed the team's solution to this year’s challenge. The model must have at least one moving part, be built to scale, and may not exceed the $100 expense budget (including any materials used in the presentation, too!).

On Saturday, January 20th, the Stimson STEAM Team headed to Manhattan to compete in the 2018 Future City Competition and placed second. Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.

The Future City Competition engages more than 40,000 middle school students each year throughout the United States and abroad. Students repeatedly report that the program increases their motivation and excitement about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). In addition, students and teachers report a marked improvement in students’ 21st Century skills.

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.

The 2017-2018 theme is The Age-Friendly City. Teams will identify an age-related challenge that exists in today's urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city's senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be.

A special thank you to the mentors from the Arizona Corporation for all their support. The Stimson family would like to thank Ms. Rice and Ms. Scafa, the team’s advisors, for all their hard work.