Five area students competed in and won first place in the Future City Regional Competition, held at the University of Texas in Arlington on Saturday, January 26. The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity 4 Deluxe software, research and write solutions to an engineering problem, build tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges. In addition to winning 1st place out of more than 60 teams competing throughout the North Texas area, this team of home-schooled students won special awards for “Excellence in Civil Engineering Infrastructure” and “Best City Simulation.”
Team member Caleb Richardson stated, “We worked together with our teacher and engineer mentor to plan a city using the SimCity software. The theme this year was storm water runoff. We researched and wrote a solution to the engineering problem, built a tabletop scale model with recycled materials, and presented our idea before judges.”
The team will travel to Washington DC in February for the National Competition. As winners of the regional competition, three of the team members, along with the teacher and engineer mentor, will receive a paid trip to Washington D.C. where they will present for the national competition. They are seeking funds to allow the remaining two members to join them. Says Richardson, “We have all contributed as a team for this entire project and have learned to think like engineers. Since teamwork is vital to the success of any project, it is important that the entire team travels together.”
The competition is a little over one week away, and is coming up quickly. The team is seeking tax-deductible monetary donations to help financially assist in funding the trip. Please contact Linda at email@example.com if you or a business would be willing to make a tax deductible contribution to the team. Checks can be made payable to HEAR Inc. and mailed to 6716 Winding Valley Trail, Rowlett, TX, 75089. This will be a lifelong memory and your support will be greatly appreciated.
Pictured (from left to right): Caleb Richardson, Kyle Fletcher, Vivian Metheny, Sean Fletcher, and Faith Mitchell, (coached by Linda Fletcher and engineer mentor Mary Jo Marvin)
H.E.A.R. (Home Educators Associational Resources) of Rockwall Texas, is a multi-denominational, Christian based home school support group. Our mission is to offer information, assistance, group activities, and emotional as well as social support to home school families in the Rockwall County area.