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News  |  Jan 28, 2020  |  Arora

Students Rethink Infrastructure for Resilient Future Cities

  • 2020 Future City Philadelphia Competition
  • 2020 Future City Philadelphia Competition
  • 2020 Future City Philadelphia Competition slideshow 3
  • 2020 Future City Philadelphia Competition

Arora was very proud to once again sponsor the Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition held on January 18, 2020. 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 of “Future Resiliency” challenged participants to design a city that can guarantee a reliable water source for all its citizens.

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
  • Developing a project plan
  • A 7-minute presentation that allows each team to highlight what makes their city special

Thank you to Arora’s Allan Stock, AIA, who volunteered as a day-of judge, and Donna Guzewski, PE, LEED Green Associate, who volunteered as a mentor for All Saints Catholic School in Wilmington, the winners of “Outstanding First Year Team!” Congratulations to Lionville Middle School, the first-place winner in this year’s competition, and to Stratford Friends School, the winner of Arora’s “Rethinking Infrastructure for Future Resiliency” award. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

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