On January 24th, Prairie High School hosted the 2015 Iowa Regional Future City Competition which is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January throughout the country. Regional winners then represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
SWE-ECI was a proud supporter of the regional event, and sponsored the “Most Diverse Infrastructure” award. Two representatives from our core-board spent their morning judging eligible models for it. The coveted award was presented to Sanus Urbem representing the Science Station for their innovative design and use of diverse materials. The competition itself hosted a variety of models with diverse and pioneering designs.
The Future City program has a great impact on the participating students and over 84% of these students see that Math and Science play an important role in their future. Additionally, over 65% can see themselves as engineers someday. Most importantly, Future City reaches the girls with over 43% of the participants being a female. We are proud to share that the first place winner went to a team comprised of three girls from Harding Middle School for their model of “Julera.”Congratulations go out to all the participating teams and we hope Julera wins the national title!