Future City Competition



CHICAGO, February 2, 2011 – A team of students from St. Clair RXIII has won the Chicago Regional National Engineers Week Future City ® competition. St Clair students traveled from a school located 50 miles west of St. Louis to compete in the Chicago competition. They will now travel to Washington DC to compete in the 19th Annual Future City National Finals (www.futurecity.org), scheduled for February 18-22, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. More than 33,000 students from 1,000 middle schools in 35 regions across the country are participating in the Future City regional competitions. The grand prize is a trip to Space Camp in Alabama, provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world.

The three winning team members are Shayla Hinson (age 13), Sydney Stahlma (age 13) and Mikaela Drewel (age 13) and were assisted by Kyler Waldo (age 13) and Jamie Foutch (age 13). Their teacher Jennifer Hawkins and Engineer mentor Ron Kadone, Clayton Engineering Co. (retired) provided guidance.

3rd Time the Charm

In 2009, a team from St. Clair came in 4th place. In 2010, a team from St Clair came in 2nd. In 2011, they took away top honors! SALUDABLE, which means healthy in Spanish, is a technologically advanced, health conscience city. The city is set if in the year 2266 in northern Venezuela. Having low pollution provides the city with better health and life expectancy. Research center in the city have found cures for many diseases including Viral Meningitis, obesity, staph infection and Muscular Dystrophy. The city has several renewable energy sources getting power from the Rio Saludable Hydroelectric dam and wind turbines. Citizens of Saludable are progressive, well educated, healthy conscience and technology advanced.

Shayla Hinson says, " This competition taught me a lot about engineering. I enjoyed building the model the model and writing the script for the presentation. I'm really excited to meet students form all over the county and compete nationally."

Sydney Stahlman comments, "I learned a lot about engineering and architecture preparing for this competition. I had fun and it is definitely something I'll look forward to again next year."


"This program has been instituted by the engineering profession to bring hands-on, practical applications of mathematics and science to educate young minds as to the essential role engineers play in creating our modern technological society," replied Robert B. Johnson, Bowman, Barrett & Associates, a spokesman for the Chicagoland Future City Program. "The future of America is not found on the basketball courts, football grid irons, tennis courts, golf courses or baseball diamonds, but in the minds of these young dreamers."

Chicago runners up include:

· 2nd – St Paul of the Cross School, Park Ridge, Illinois

· 3rd – Franklin Middle School, Wheaton, Illinois

· 4th – Miles Davis Magnet Academy, Chicago, Illinois

· 5th – Stone Scholastic Academy, Chicago, Illinois

About the Competition

On January 29th students met at the University of Illinois - Chicago Circle Campus to exhibit their models. More than 40 professional engineers queried the teams as to the merits of their designs. Another 60 architects-engineers were involved in the special award judging. Entries were judged on creativity, city layout, and attractiveness by a variety of judges from the private and public sectors of engineering. This year was the 19th year for what has become an annual event for Chicago's engineering community. The Chicagoland engineering community is proud of their record as the only city to host the competition since its inception in 1992.

Students create cities on computers using the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software, provided by Electronic Arts, and then build three-dimensional, tabletop models to scale. To ensure a level playing field, models must use recycled materials and can cost no more than $100 to build. Students must present and defend their designs at the competition before a panel of engineer judges who test the depth of the teams' knowledge. Students also write a 300-500 word city narrative describing their city and a 700-1000 word essay on the topic: "Providing a reliable and effective health care product that effectively improves the quality of life and comfort for a patient who is either a senior citizen or has a specific disease, or is suffering from an illness, injury, or physical disability."

This year's final round judges in Chicago included:

· Rupert Graham, Superintendent of Highways – Cook Country Highway Department

· Carl Knutson, Associate Principal - Perkins + Will, Architects

· Manju Sharma, Director of Maintenance & Operations - Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

· Gina Trimarco, Assistant Vice President - Transystems

Special awards were present to schools for their individual accomplishments in the competition. In addition to winning the top prize, the St. Clair team received additional honors from The Society for Marketing Professional Services (www.smps-chi.org) for best Future City Promotion and captured an award from the Society of Women Engineers- Chicago Regional Section (www.swe.org/chicago) for the most inclusive community promoting work-force balance.

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (www.ilite.org) presented a separate team coming from St. Clair a special award for excellence in transportation safety and operations. The team from McClure received an award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (www.seaoi.org) for their most innovative structure while the Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings (www.cchrb.org) presented the team of students from Chicago State University the award for best skyscrapers.

All together 27 "Special Awards" were presented to teams. Even Chicago architects joined in presenting another award to the students from St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge with the "Most Livable Community" award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The students voted for an award too! Chicago State University received the peer award for the Best Model as selected by the students. The best computer model went to the team from Perspectives Math and Science Academy.

Click for a Complete Listing of Awards

Derek Johnson, co-coordinator offers this comment, "It is a great experience for all involved -- the students have fun while learning about engineering and gaining valuable teamwork and presentation skills. Engineers, mentors, judges and volunteers always leave impressed by the students' ability and enthusiasm."

Regional chairman Don Wittmer notes, "It is exciting to see the interaction between the students and witness the enthusiasm that these students have in learning about engineering and the real life problems that are encounter everyday. Our hope is that this competition helps students consider the possibility of studying engineering when they attend college." In fact one of the engineer judges, Denise Garcia was a student in the competition way back in 1995. Now she is an engineer!

Mikaela Drewel states, "The Chicago engineering competition was a great learning and eye-opening experience. I got to explore my creativity while investing in my future career. I can't wait until I get to go to the nationals."

All participants in the regional competition received promotional items including, participation medallions, E-Week Tee-Shirts, Future City Water Bottles and a host of other trinkets. These gifts were courtesy of HNTB, ASCE-Illinois Section and other sponsoring societies and companies. The winning teams will be feted at the Chicagoland Engineers Week Benefit, February 25th.

The National Competition grand prize is a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Incorporated. The second place team receives a $5,000 scholarship from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) for its school's technology program. Third place receives a $2,000 scholarship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for that school's technology program. The 19th Annual Future City Competition for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students is sponsored in part by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. Shell is also a national sponsor for the competition.


The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week (February 20-26, 2011) also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. Co-chairs for 2010 are Raytheon and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Engineers. For more information, visit www.eweek.org.

For those wishing to compete in next year's competition or has any questions, please contact Don Wittmer at dwittmer@hntb.com or (312) 930-9119 or visit the website www.futurecitychicago.org.

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Editors note: Photographs of the students models are available upon request.

A few are shown at the end of the piece.

Contact: Bob Johnson 312-228-1115

Click for a the 2011 Program see: ( includes dozens of pictures )

Click here for a video of the 2010 Program

For a video of the 2009 event

For sample pictures from prior years:



2008 PR and Video!


Additional information





TV Interview with 2008 St Paul of the Cross Team


The Future City competition is one of the elements for the recognition of NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK® . Since 1951, NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK®, has been the nationwide celebration of the engineering profession, to acknowledge the essential role which engineering has played in advancing civilization and adding quality to our lives. In Chicago, activities scheduled include engineering lectures, student outreach efforts, bridge building competitions and exhibitions of engineering achievements.

Contact: Tim Seedan - Western Society of Engineers at tim@wsechicago.org or at 630/ 724-9770, 241-0142 fax. For Engineers Week -Illinois details or visit the Chicagoland EWEEK website www.chicagolandeweek.org

For additional information about Illinois Engineers Week

Visit the National Engineers Weekr WEBSITE at http://www.eweek.org or Illinois Engineers Week information at http://www.chicagolandeweek.org

Additional information on the Future City Competition can be found at www.futurecity.org

St. Clair, , Missouri 'Saludable City'
Winning Team
Left to Right) Mikaela Drewel (age 13), Kyler Waldo (age 13), Sydney Stahlma (age 13), Jamie Foutch (age 13), Shayla Hinson (age 13)

2nd Place St Paul of the Cross
2nd place team
Ben Paollelli in front Linda Kohlndorfer ( left) and Mary Vozenilek ( right)

View of the audience

3rd Place Franklin Middle School3rd place - Franklin Middle School

Final Judging of the Stone Team
Final judging
(L to R)
Carl Knutson, Associate Principal - Perkins + Will, Architects, Manju Sharma, Director of Maintenance & Operations - Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Rupert Graham, Superintendent of Highways – Cook Country Highway Department , Gina Trimarco, Assistant Vice President - Transystems
Special Awards!

Team from Chicago State University receives award for best High Rises from the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings and Most Innovative Fire Protection from Society of Fire Protection Engineers

special award
Chicago State Team
Talib Grant, Kenu Redick Asja Howard
Students get prizes
All students get gifts for their participation
Here students pick-up their FUTURE CITY Tee-Shirts


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