1/27/15
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Batavia Middle School Will Represent Ohio at the National Future City Competition in Washington D.C.

Teams from 19 Ohio middle schools built models of their concepts of what cities will be like in the future for the DiscoverE’s Future City Competition™ Ohio region, held Jan. 17, 2015, at Columbus State Community College (CSCC).

The Ohio region winning team is: Maddie Flandermeyer; Lydia Whiteford; Jett Young, supervising teacher Mary Bradburn and engineering mentor Laura Michalske from Batavia, will be awarded a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in national finals during National Engineer’s Week on Feb. 20-22, 2015. The top five schools placing in the competition are:

  • First Place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia;
  • Second Place – Holy Family Middle School, Poland Ohio;
  • Third Place – Oakwood Middle School, Canton, Ohio;
  • Fourth Place – Heritage Middle School, Westerville; and
  • Fifth Place – Saint Ambrose School, Brunswick.

In addition, 15 special awards were issued and are listed below. The competition gives sixth, seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to design a city using SimCity™ software that illustrates futuristic ideas and components. Each team constructs a scale model of their city, and uses recycled material in a creative manner to show how the city functions. They also write an essay about their engineering ideas on this year’s theme, “Feeding Future Cities.” Actual engineers judge the teams on their oral presentation about how they used a city model, computer design, map, essay and abstract.

The Ohio special award winners and sponsors are:

  • Best Architectural ModelAmerican Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter
    First place – Kenston Middle School, Chagrin Falls
    Honorable Mention – Indian Hill Middle School, Cincinnati
  • Best InfrastructureAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
    First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia;
    Honorable Mention – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
  • Best Moving PartWorthington AM Rotary Club
    First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia
    Honorable Mention – Cardinal Middle School, Middlefield
  • Best Use of CeramicsAllied Mineral Products
    First place – Heritage Middle School, Westerville
    Honorable Mention – Lakewood Middle School, Hebron
  • Best Use of EnergyHDR Engineering Inc.
    First place – Kenston Middle School, Chagrin Falls
    Honorable Mention – Cardinal Middle School, Middlefield
  • Best Use of RecreationWorthington AM Rotary Club
    First place – Immaculate Conception, Cincinnati
    Honorable Mention – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
  • Best Use of Recycled Materials - Hull & Associates Inc.
    First place – Cardinal Middle School, Middlefield
    Honorable Mention – Indian Hill Middle School, Cincinnati
  • Best Innovative Solutions for Water and Wastewater Utilities to Reduce Costly Reinvestment in America’s Aging InfrastructureXylem Inc.
    First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia
    Honorable Mention – Cardinal Middle School, Middlefield
  • Best Use of Water Resources Engineering - Sam Chebaro Memorial Award – Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education
    First place – Holy Family School, Poland
    Honorable Mention – St. Ambrose Middle School, Brunswick
  • Most Environmentally FriendlyDedicated to the Memory of Rick Noss, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
    First place – Perry Middle School, Perry
    Honorable Mention – Blendon Middle School, Westerville
  • Best Land Surveying PracticesNational Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
    First place – Anna Middle School, Anna
    Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School, Westerville
  • Best Use of TransportationWoolpert Inc.
    First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia
    Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School, Westerville
  • Most Holistic CityCH2M Hill
    First place – Metro ECHS Middle School, Columbus
    Honorable Mention – Graham Expeditionary Middle School, Columbus
  • Best Computer City DesignM∙E/IBI Group Inc.
    First place – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
    Honorable Mention – St. Ambrose Middle School, Brunswick
  • Best EssayPPG Industries
    First place – Heritage Middle School, Westerville
    Honorable Mention – Holy Family School, Poland
  • Rookie of the Year AwardRanney Collector Wells
    First place – Kenston Middle School, Chagrin Falls
    Honorable Mention –Perry Middle School, Perry
  • People’s Choice AwardBattelle Memorial Institute
    First place – Lakewood Middle School, Hebron
    Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School, Westerville

DiscoverE’s Future City Competition™ is a national, not-for-profit education program. Across the country, more than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools are participating in the 2015 competition. The top prize at the National Finals is $7,500 for the organization’s STEM program plus a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. For more details and photos of Ohio’s competition, visit: https://www.facebook.com/FutureCityOhio.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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