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Batavia Middle School Will Represent Ohio in National Future City Competition in Washington D.C.

Teams from 18 Ohio middle schools built models of their concepts of what cities will be like in the future for the 2014 National Engineers Week Future City Competition,™ Ohio region, held Jan. 18, 2014, at Columbus State Community College (CSCC).

The Ohio region winning team, from Batavia, will receive a free trip to Washington D.C. to participate in national finals during National Engineer’s Week on Feb. 21-23, 2014. The team includes three students, their supervising teacher and an engineering mentor. The top five schools placing in the competition are:

  • First Place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia;
  • Second Place – Lakewood Middle School, Hebron;
  • Third Place – Immaculate Conception Academy, Cincinnati;
  • Fourth Place – Blendon Middle School, Westerville; and
  • Fifth Place – Saint Ambrose School, Brunswick.

These five schools were awarded medals in the competition in addition to 15 special awards listed below. The competition gives sixth, seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to design a city using SimCity™ software, illustrating futuristic ideas and components. Each team constructed a scale model of its city, using recycled materials in a creative manner to show how the city functions. They also wrote an essay about their ideas on engineering tomorrow’s transit systems. Actual engineers judged the teams on their oral presentation of the city, computer design, map, model, essay and abstract.

The Ohio special award winners and sponsors are:

  • Best Architectural ModelAmerican Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter
    1st place – Cardinal Middle School, MIddlefield
    Honorable Mention – Blendon Middle School
  • Best InfrastructureAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
    1st place – Batavia Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Immaculate Conception Academy
  • Best Moving PartWorthington AM Rotary Club
    1st place – Immaculate Conception Academy
    Honorable Mention – St. Vincent de Paul School, Mt. Vernon
  • Best Use of CeramicsAllied Mineral Products
    1st place – North Union Middle School, Richwood
    Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School, Westerville
  • Best Use of EnergyHDR Engineering Inc.
    1st place – Indian Hill Middle School, Cincinnati
    Honorable Mention – Saint Ambrose School
  • Best Use of RecreationWorthington AM Rotary Club
    1st place – Indian Hill Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
  • Best Use of Recycled Materials - Hull & Associates Inc.
    1st place – Indian Hill Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Blendon Middle School
  • Best Innovative Solutions for Water and Wastewater Utilities to Reduce Costly Reinvestment in America’s Aging InfrastructureXylem Inc.
    1st place – Immaculate Conception Academy
    Honorable Mention – Batavia Middle School
  • Best Use of Water Resources Engineering - Sam Chebaro Memorial AwardOhio EPA Office of Environmental Education
    1st place – Lakewood Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Morton Middle School, Vandalia
  • Most Environmentally FriendlyDedicated to the Memory of Rick Noss, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
    1st place – Batavia Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Immaculate Conception Academy
  • Best Land Surveying PracticesNational Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
    1st place – Cardinal Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Anna Middle School, Anna
  • Best Use of TransportationWoolpert Inc.
    1st place – Batavia Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Indian Hill Middle School
  • Most Holistic CityCH2M Hill
    1st place – Immaculate Conception Academy
    Honorable Mention – Holy Family School, Poland
  • Best Computer City DesignM∙E/IBI Group Inc.
    1st place – Immaculate Conception Academy
    Honorable Mention – Lakewood Middle School
  • Best EssayPPG Industries
    1st place – Heritage Middle School
    Honorable Mention – St. Vincent de Paul School
  • Rookie of the Year Award Ranney Collector Wells
    1st place – Oakwood Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Cardinal Middle School
  • People’s Choice AwardBattelle Memorial Institute
    1st place – Batavia Middle School
    Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School

The Future City Competition is a national, not-for-profit education program. Across the country, more than 30,000 students from 1,100 schools are participating in the 2014 competition.


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