Future City Competition
The Mascaro Center’s associated faculty and graduate students have served as
mentors for the past six years of the National Engineers’ Week Future City
Competition. The goal of the competition is to provide a fun and exciting
educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that
combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on"
application to present their visions of a city of the future. The competition
seeks to educate students in the areas of science, technology, and engineering
as they design the cities of tomorrow. During the fall, students complete a
computer city model as well as a research essay. The students then create a
physical model of their future city to present at the regional competition.
Organized locally by the Carnegie Science Center and the Engineers' Society of
Western PA, the first place school at the regional level travels to Washington
DC to compete in the national round during National Engineers' Week. Special
awards are also given for excellence in various topics by local engineering and
Pittsburgh Carmalt, a Pittsburgh Public School, has participated in the
regional competition for the sixth year under the direction of Science teacher
Mrs. Lorie Ulmer. In 2013, the Pittsburgh Carmalt team was mentored by
MCSI graduate student Michael Richard and won two special awards.
Manchester Academic Charter School’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade students also
utilized their knowledge of sustainability and engineering to participate in
their first National Engineers’ Week Future City competition. Through
mentorship of MACS Social Studies teacher Dennis Henderson, Engineering mentor
Casey Wagner and visiting assistant professor, Bhavna Sharma, the students
successful competed in the competition and won three special awards.
Information on both the National and Regional Future City Competition can be