Future City® Competition
The award-winning Future City® Competition, now in its 26th year, asks students in grades 6-8 to respond to the issue of “The Age-Friendly City’ by designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students are tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city and to engineer a framework that enables seniors to remain active, independent, and engaged. During the 2018 Capital District competition held in January, 400 students from 28 schools and organizations competed in the Future City Regional Finals. North Colonie was represented by six teams from five of the elementary schools, and was the only district with all sixth grade teams. This was the first year the district participated in the program, under the guidance of Enrichment Specialists Amy Parks & Stacey Shepard. Each team brought home at least one trophy and monetary prize.
“Watching all the teams pull together and “sell” their cities to the judges, both in the formal presentation and on the floor, was amazing!” said Amy Parks, North Colonie Enrichment Specialist. “Their ability to get their ideas across to professional engineers, architects, politicians, and other businessmen/women was well worth any stress of the final few weeks pulling the projects together.”
North Colonie students joined more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools in 40 regions around the country, all of whom engaged in similar competitions.
- Forts Ferry: Best management of water resources
- Boght Hills: Excellence in efficient energy applications & Best use of regional zoning
- Blue Creek: Best futuristic personal transportation system
- Latham Ridge (boys team): Most innovative sustainable design
- Latham Ridge (girls team): Best re-use of energy or resources
- Loudonville: Most neighborly city