Grade 6-8 students planning city of the future for regional competition

The Future City regional competition will see students in Grades 6-8 working in teams to plan, develop and create a model of a city 100 years into the future. This STEM and project-based learning opportunity is run in nearly 20 Durham Region schools.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes pose serious threats to cities and citizens. The damage from these events can severely disrupt every aspect of life in an affected region. In the increasing wake of catastrophic events, engineers, architects and city leaders face the critical task of creating resilient cities. With that pressing issue top of mind, the award-winning Future City Competition, now in its 27th year, is asking middle-school students to respond to the challenge of designing an electrical grid that can withstand and quickly recover from the impact of a natural disaster.

Working in a team with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a virtual city design using SimCity software, a 1,500 word city essay, a scale model of their city built with recycled materials and a short presentation.

With more than 80 projects registered, this year’s event promises to be the biggest yet. The event will be hosted Jan. 22 at UOIT by the Faculty of Engineering, in partnership with Engineers Canada and the Durham District School Board.

Photo: 2018 Future City competition from Engineers Canada

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