Delaware Valley Engineers Week annually hosts the Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition as part of the Engineers Week activities. It is one of 40 Regional programs conducted throughout the country with the goal to introduce middle school students to the engineering profession. Students in middle schools in the Delaware Valley form teams consisting of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who work with a teacher and an engineer mentor from September to January to:
- Design and lay out a city of the future using Sim4 computer software
- Build a table-top model using recycled materials illustrating one section of the city
- Write a 500 -700 word technical report which is researched with a bibliography of references
- Present the city model to teams of judges at an all day competition
The program provides the schools with the computer software, handbook with Teacher’s guide, video CD orientation, prior competition videos and assistance from the Regional School Coordinator.
The culmination of the program is an all day judging competition. This year the competition is being held on Saturday January 25th at 8am, SAP America, Inc.,3999 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA. The first place Philadelphia Regional team travels to Washington, DC during National Engineers Week in February where they compete with the 39 other regional teams from around the country for the national prizes. The Philadelphia teams have always placed well nationally and in 1999 took first place.
In addition to the first place regional awards, Future City also provides “Special Awards” in a number of areas related to engineering of cities. These awards provide the students the opportunity to present their cities to more than just the competition judges and provide them with a feeling of accomplishment even if they were not a finalist in the competition. Last year, there were over 40 special awards presented and every team went home with at least one award. Additionally, all of the teams were provided with Future City tee shirts and various other items.
Volunteers from the engineering community run Future City. From the ISA Philadelphia section Sam Herb, Sue Dipaolo, Michelle Rossi and Paul Merluzzi (ACE) have stepped up as volunteer Special Award judges. Special thanks go out to Brian Ivey and William Aja who will be there in different capacities. Brian and Will are both Engineering Mentors and will be participating with the event in that capacity. Bill Dugary is coordinating this event for ISA and DV ISPE and will work with either or both teams, depending on the need that day.
More volunteers needed. . If you would like to join this year please confirm and let Dugary email@example.com know right away and see below.
How to volunteer
You (and your guest) must register by following this link. Click on On-Line Volunteer Form link shown at the top left of the home web page. Please sign up to be a Special Awards Evaluator (check the box). Give your name/contact info and show ISA Philadelphia Section as the Technical Society.
Dugary will provide more “judging and logistic” details for those who can help with the judging of this event.