During the first semester, Cardinal Middle School participated in the Future City Competition program...
Future City Competition
During the first semester, Cardinal Middle School participated in the Future City Competition program put on by National Engineer’s Week. Students worked together to create a name, location and various aspects for a future city. The students also tackled a major problem within the city and research the best ways to solve it. This year the problem involved transportation and congestion in a city.
Teacher Shaun Spence and volunteer engineer and mentor Jason Traggiai worked along with Debbie Morgan, Geauga ESC gifted coordinator, to guide the students in the various steps of the Future City program. It culminated with three eighth-graders representing Cardinal in Columbus for the competition held at Columbus State Community College on Jan. 18.
Leading up to the actual competition, approximately 40 middle school students in grades six through eight helped participate in various forms of the Future City program. It included creating a research paper, city narrative, virtual city using Sim City software and a 3D model of the city.
Eighth-graders Hanna Traggiai, Hayden Cummins and Brendan White prepared a presentation to share before a panel of judges in Columbus.
Cardinal Middle School did not place in the overall competition, but did receive a few special awards. Cardinal won first place in Best Architectural Model and Best Land Surveying categories. Cardinal Middle School was also runner-up in the Rookie of the Year Award, which is given to the top placers among first time participating schools.
Overall, the Future City experience was a very rewarding one for the students and a proud moment for Cardinal.
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