Congratulations to Harding Middle School’s Future City Team for winning the national award for Best Future City Project Management Plan. The 8th-graders, along with their PACT teacher, Shannon Haas, were in Washington, D.C. last week taking part in the Future City National Competition.
The Harding team created the city of Potamoi and had already competed against 34 teams from across the state.
Future Cities Competition is an annual group program that Cedar Rapids Program for Academic and Creative Talent students participate in at the local, regional, and sometimes the national level. Students complete five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500 work essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, and a presentation to judges. Regional winners represent their region at the Finals in Washington, DC. After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today's complex and technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow. The 2019-2020 theme has been 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.
Photos of the event.