Future City

AEM is pleased to announce it has partnered with Future City to bring middle school students from across the United States to experience the award-winning Tech Experience at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

Teams comprised of 6th-graders, 7th-graders and 8th-graders from five regions – California, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas and Wisconsin – will be on hand throughout CONEXPO-CON/AGG. The students will showcase their efforts to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that highlight their solutions to authentic, real-world problems and make the world a better place.

“We are really excited to be partnering with Future City” said AEM Director of Construction Sara Feuling. “Having been involved with the program in Wisconsin, it is truly impressive to see the projects these students put together, highlighting their ideas for a better, more sustainable future. We hope our attendees are just as impressed and maybe even inspired to get involved with their local region.”

Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs, having received national recognition for its role in encouraging middle school students to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Each year, the Future City competition reaches more than 45,000 middle school students in 46 different regions throughout the United States and abroad. Teams are tasked with completing five deliverables:

  • A virtual city design
  • A 1,500-word essay
  • A project plan
  • A scale model built from recycled materials
  • A presentation to volunteer judges at regional competitions

Regional winners then represent their respective regions at the finals competition in Washington, DC.

The 2019-2020 theme is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Teams chose a threat to their city’s water supply and designed a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water. Students then used the engineering design process to complete their Future City project – identifying problems, brainstorming ideas, designing solutions, testing, retesting, and building solutions, as well as sharing results. Throughout the process, students are not only equipped with the skills to be citizens in today’s world, but they also work to prepare to become the drivers of tomorrow.

The five regions representing Future City will highlight students from coast to coast, including those students local to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where AEM’s headquarters are located. The teams representing each region were chosen based on excellent presentation scores at their regional competitions.

Scheduled to be held at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 – which will take place March 10-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada – the Tech Experience will shed light on what’s shaping the present and future of construction and help pave the way for an industry that’s smarter, faster, more flexible, more sustainable and safer. Tech Experience attendees will be afforded the opportunity to see a different Future City team each day on the Tech Talks stage, where the students will showcase models and detail clean drinking water solutions. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 10 – Southern California

Wednesday, March 11 – Nevada

Thursday, March 12 – Wisconsin

Friday, March 13 – New Jersey

Saturday, March 14 – North Texas

For more information, contact AEM’s Sara Feuling at sfeuling@aem.org or Helen Horner at hhorner@aem.org

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