In light of the recent catastrophe in Haiti and the current economic climate, this year’s theme for the 2010 Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition has never been more appropriate. Students faced a challenge that impacts many of today's countries—how to provide affordable green housing for low to middle income families after an economic or natural disaster. With innovative solutions like exercise-powered energy and magnetic transit systems, students produced imaginative cities that were eco-friendly and emphasized community.
STEM Forward hosted the competition on January 23, 2010 at MSOE’s Kern Center. Thirty-five teams from 14 schools competed for the opportunity to advance to the National Future City Competition Finals in Washington D.C. held during National Engineers Week, February 14-20, 2010. The national winning team will receive a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
It was the city “Asangchava” from St. Mary Parish School of Hales Corners that took home the grand prize. The students Tyler Nettesheim, Marisa Gasparri, and William Guns teamed with their teacher Jeannette Van Hecke and their engineering mentor Jim Grant. Coming in second place was city “Pelos Rios” from St. Alphonsus School in Greendale, “Novawaukee” from Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts of Milwaukee, and “St. Petersville” from Holy Apostles Elementary School of New Berlin.
Congratulations to the winning teams!