Feb. 17, 2021
Fort Couch excels at Future City competition
A team of Fort Couch Middle School students earned three awards and placed third overall in the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. The team – represented by eighth graders Rohan Mehta, Opal Miller, and Sophia Whitman – was recognized for Excellence in Systems Integration; Most Innovative Design of Infrastructures; and Mission Possible: Positively Impacting the Community.
The Future City Competition challenges students to design a city that may exist 100 years in the future. This year’s challenge, Living on the Moon, asked teams to design a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy.
“In addition to addressing the main prompt, students researched the latest technologies for all aspects of the city, including transportation, energy, waste management, food production and combined the technologies with social systems, such as government, education, and health care, to come up with their city of the future,” Connie Gibson, gifted coordinator, said.
The students used their research to write a paper, create a model, and prepare a presentation for their city.
“While many students at Fort Couch worked on the project, it was wonderfully presented by the team of Rohan, Opal and Sophia at the competition,” Ms. Gibson said.
Future City is a national, project-based learning experience that starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, students in grades 6, 7 and 8 imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy.
Participants complete five deliverables: a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, a presentation video, and a virtual/online Q&A session with judges. Regional winners represent their region at the international Finals.