STEM Forward organizes the Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition for middle school students to create a city of tomorrow.  Teams of 3-5 students create a city using SimCity software, build a model of the city using recyclable materials, write a research essay, and give a presentation to engineering judges. The regional competition is held the third Saturday in January at the MSOE Kern Center, where several STEM volunteers serve as mentors and judges. The winner then competes at the National Future City Competition in Washington DC.


2017 Future City Competition Sparks Creativity, Innovation  

Shriya Punati, Pallavi Kandipati and Pranav Iyer of Forest Park Middle School won first place for  Jivana .

Shriya Punati, Pallavi Kandipati and Pranav Iyer of Forest Park Middle School won first place for Jivana.

More than 200 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from 65 teams throughout southeastern Wisconsin presented their utopian cities of the future, emphasizing The Power of Public Spaces, at the 2017 WI Regional Future City Competition. 

The event was held at MSOE’s Kern Center in Milwaukee on Jan. 21, and hosted a record-breaking number of participants from more than 30 Wisconsin schools.

“It was a very exciting year for the WI Regional Future City Competition,” said Kelly Wesolowski, Regional Coordinator, Future City Wisconsin Region and Project Manager at STEM Forward. “We’ve seen tremendous interest and growth from middle schools around the state that want to participate in this engineering focused STEM program. We had 15 new schools participate in this year’s event, and we anticipate that number to grow.”

This year's first place winners were Shriya Punati, Pallavi Kandipati, Pranav Iyer of Forest Park Middle School in Franklin, WI. They will receive a trip to Washington D.C. on February 18-21, to compete against the winning regional teams in the nation. We wish them the best of luck as they represent Wisconsin.

Special Awards:
•    Most Futuristic City, sponsored by ASQ
      "YEOLA" – Golda Meir School
•    Best Healthcare System, sponsored by Dairyland Healthcare Information Management Systems Society
      "Nobesity" – Oregon Middle School
•    Best Land Surveying Practices, sponsored by NCESS
      "FLOW" – Edison Middle School
•    Roger Tamsen Memorial Award Best Knowledge of Plastics, sponsored by SPE
      "Zentaur" – Waukesha STEM Academy – Saratoga
•    Roger Tamsen Memorial Award Best Use of Plastics, sponsored by SPE
      "Ka Ulu" – Forest Park Middle School
•    Best Power System, sponsored by IEEE
      "Jivana" – Forest Park Middle School
•    Project Planning Award, sponsored by PMI Southern Chapter
      "Panorama"  –  Longfellow Middle School
•    Best Use of Recreational Space, sponsored by ASCE-YMG
      "Lethns"  – Longfellow Middle School
•    Best Use of Recycled Materials, sponsored by SWE
      "Mantra City" – Whitman Middle School
•    Greenest Transportation System, sponsored by Women's Transportation Seminar
      "TIME City" – Waukesha STEM Academy – Saratoga
•    Best Transportation System, sponsored by ITE
      "Sunset Bay" – Forest Park Middle School
•    Best Waste Management & Recycling, sponsored by American Public Work Association - Wisconsin
      "SOA City" – St. Martin of Tours Parish School
•    Best Drinking Water System, sponsored by Wisconsin Water Association
      "Fanrong" – St. Alphonsus School
•    Best Essay, sponsored by EMCS, Inc.
      "Lesmokah" – St. Anthony on the Lake
•    Rookie of the Year, sponsored by STEM Forward
      "Hawkaloon" – Wheatland Center School
•    Peer Award, sponsored by Clark Wantoch
      "Avenir" – Longfellow Middle School
•    Exemplary Model Award, sponsored by ASCE
      "Avenir" – Longfellow Middle School
      "Savage Hill" – Glen Hills Middle School
      "Panorama" – Longfellow Middle School
      "Greenthumbtopia" – St. Mary Parish School

More than 200 volunteers donated their time to serve as mentors, score essays and act as judges throughout the competition to help select the winner.

STEM Forward is the regional coordinator of the Future City Competition in Wisconsin. The event introduces middle school students to engineering while they create a city of the future. Teams created a virtual city using SimCity software, wrote a 1,500 word essay describing their city, and built a model using recycled materials. They also gave a 5-7 minute presentation, explaining their future city to a panel of STEM professions.


Congratulations to:

1st Place:  Forest Park Middle School—Jivana
2nd Place: Longfellow Middle School—Avenir
3rd Place:  St. Mary’s Parish School—Greenthumbtopia  
4th Place:  Waukesha STEM Academy – Saratoga Campus—TIME City
5th Place: St. Alphonsus School—Fanrong