SRS Media Advisory: South Carolina and Augusta Area Middle Schoolers Compete in Future City Regional Finals for a Chance to Win a Grand Prize in Washington, D.C.

This year’s Future City competition asks 45 middle school teams to research and design a solution to a city-wide challenge that changes each year. This year’s challenge is the “The Age-Friendly City.”

Since returning to school earlier this fall, students from around the state and the Augusta area have been hard at work on their Future City projects.

Date/Location: Saturday, Jan. 20, University of South Carolina Aiken
Business and Education Building (see attached map, building number 11)

Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Preliminary judging, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m./final judging, 3:30-4:30 p.m., (see attached agenda)
Winner announced approximately at 4:30 p.m. (upon request, media outlets can be notified of contest results via email or telephone)

Local contestants join more than 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools around the country, all of whom are engaged in similar competitions.

First-place winners from each regional competition receive a trip to the Future City National Finals in February at Washington, D.C.

Students are challenged to design a virtual city using SimCity™software. They research today’s public spaces and write a city essay about their solutions and city design. Students then bring their ideas to life by building a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials on a budget of $100 or less and give a brief presentation about their city.