Future City competition announces regional winner

Posted January 23, 2010 8:58 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2010 3:42 p.m. EST

— A team of eight-grade students from Davidson IB Middle School won first place at the North Carolina National Engineers Week Future City competition Saturday.

More than 33,000 students from 1,100 middle schools in 39 regions across the country participated in the Future City regional competitions. The students are tasked with creating an affordable living space after a disaster or financial emergency.

The grand prize is a trip to Space Camp in Alabama, provided by Bentley Systems Inc., a software solutions company.

The winning Davidson students, Emily Yue, Ruth Swallow and Luke Churchill,  along with their teacher Jay Hager and their volunteer engineer mentor Dane Horna, will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 18th annual Future City national finals, scheduled for Feb. 13-17, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

The regional competition took place Saturday at the Talley Student Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.

North Carolina regional runners up include:

  • Second place: West Pine Middle School, West End
  • Third place: Lumberton Junior High, Lumberton
  • Fourth place: Ligon GT Magnet Middle School, Raleigh

Specialty award winners include:

  • Best transportation system: West Pine Middle School “Grundstadt”
  • Best use of energy: West Pine Middle School “Luogo”
  • Best use of building materials: Ligon GT Magnet Middle School
  • Best use of water resources: Northridge Middle School
  • Best model—People’s Choice: Lumberton Junior High
  • Best computer city design: Davidson IB Middle School “Mamohatra”
  • Best essay: Davidson IB Middle School “Mamohatra”
  • Best oral presentation: Davidson IB Middle School “Tokaiao”