News  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  Arora

Philadelphia Students Design the Resilient Cities of the Future

  • 2019 Future City Philadelphia
  • 2019 Future City Philadelphia
  • 2019 Future City Philadelphia

Arora was very proud to once again sponsor the Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition held on January 19, 2019. Future City is a national, STEM-based learning competition in which 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students team up to envision, design, and build a city that exists at least 100 years in the future.

Each year, the competition addresses a current sustainability issue. This year’s theme, “Powering Our Future,” challenged participants to design a resilient power grid for a future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

The competition includes several phases:

  • The design of a virtual city using SimCity software
  • A narrative that describes the unique aspects of their city
  • A city model, which students build to scale from recycled materials
  • A 7-minute presentation that allows each team to highlight what makes their city special

Thank you to Arora’s Allan Stock, AIA, Edward Hart, RCDD, and Siuma Montero Carranza, who volunteered their time throughout different phases of the competition. Congratulations to Downingtown Middle School, the first-place winner in this year’s competition, and to St. Aloysius Academy, the winner of Arora’s “Rethinking Infrastructure to Power the Future” award. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

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