January 15, 2013 > Middle School students vie for national recognition
Middle School students vie for national recognition
Submitted By Kira Rosario, Photo courtesy of KRR Photography
With scenes of disastrous urban flooding dominating the news, middle schoolers from nearly 40 regions across the U.S. are working together to develop their own solutions to combat the devastating effect of unchecked water runoff. It's all part of the 2012-2013 National Engineers Week Future City(r) Competition, with the exceptionally timely theme of "Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solutions to Manage Stormwater Pollution."
In Northern California, the Future City Competition regional finals will be held on January 19 at Cisco Systems building 9 in San Jose. Milpitas Christian School (San Jose), St. Leo the Great School (San Jose) and Magnolia Science Academy (Santa Clara), will be participating in the finals.
Since returning to school in the fall, students have been working on their Future City projects and preparing for January's regional finals. First-place winners from each qualifying regional competition receive a trip to the Future City National Finals in Washington, D.C., February 17-23 during National Engineers Week. The national grand prize is a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. More than 35,000 students from various middle schools are expected to participate nationwide. There are over 2,200 teams planning on participating in 36 Regional Finals around the country.
Future City has received national attention and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers nationwide to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The annual challenge is the nation's largest engineering education program and among the most popular.
For more information, visit www.futurecity.org.
"Future City" Northern CA Regional Finals
Saturday, Jan 19
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Cisco Bldg 9
260 E. Tasman Drive, San Jose