Catholic school students vie in Future City Competition
From Contributed Reports
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School for the first time sent three teams to the N.C. Regional Future City Competition on Jan. 27 at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University.
About 200 middle school students from across the state presented their projects. N.C. State engineering students helped run the event, which is hosted by the Engineering Place outreach and education program in the College of Engineering at N.C. State University.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School’s participating teams were Francopolis, Metropolis and New Euphormia. The teams were sponsored and coached by Ailsa White, middle grades ELA teacher. Assisting were Kelly Anne Broderick, middle grades science/social studies teacher and Amy Yencho, middle grades math teacher.
In spite of the inexperience competing in Future Cities, OLPH won two specialty awards. The first award was for Best Use of Transportation, which was sponsored by AECOM. They also received an award for Best Teamwork, sponsored by Bentely’s NC LUG. Both awards were monetary prizes of $150 each.
Future City NC is an engineering-aligned real-world experience for middle school students across the state. The Future City program, a national organization, teaches sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students problem-solving techniques through hands-on, project- and problem-based learning.
Middle school students learn a problem-solving process called the Engineering Design Process as they imagine, plan and create cities of the future. This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do — identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test, retest and build and share their results. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills and be exposed to the best and most authentic STEM.
OLPH students and faculty are definitely interested in competing again next year.