Schalmont Middle School’s Engineering Club has developed a plan for Sabre City and is preparing to debut their idea at the Future City Competition tomorrow at Proctors.
The Future City Competition is a project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?
The theme for this year is The Power of Public Space. The competition asks middle school students to address the power of public space and challenges them to design innovative, multi-use public spaces that serve a city’s diverse population.
“This year’s topic of creating innovative public spaces for the community is an issue that we see many of our local municipalities currently addressing, which provided the students some real-life examples of this issue,” said Diane Bertok, Future City Albany’s Regional Coordinator.
Meeting twice a week since September, under the direction of advisor Kacie Rae, SMS students worked to create “Sabre City”, a town established in 2057 in northwest Georgia. The town originally featured a large abandoned industrial zone. The students rebuilt the city to include a large multipurpose space with stores, open space, and a market inspired by the ancient Greece, which became the Agora Project. Abandoned roadways were converted to public spaces which feature artwalk and garden walk. Being a city of the future, residents use the “hubway” – a subway made up of hover cars to get around, and hover drones offer added security.
SMS students will be presenting their Future City, complete with a model of their town, at 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. tomorrow at Proctors.
A total of 27 teams featuring 375 students will be competing in the regional finals. First place winners from each qualifying regional competition receive a trip to the Future City Competition Finals in Washington, D.C., Feb. 18-21.
The event is open to the public.