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Dublin Team Wins Ohio 2021 Future City Competition
Teams from Ashland, Franklin, Hamilton, Medina Counties Receive Awards
Remote Learning Academy in Dublin has won the Ohio region of DiscoverE’s Future City Competition. This year’s annual competition was held virtually. The students next will represent Ohio in the national competition, which also will be held virtually on April 7, 2021.
“The Future City competition teaches our children to think about current and future urban planning challenges and finding solutions with technology, engineering, and innovation. Congratulations to Remote Learning Academy and to all the students and their teachers for participating,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson.
Teams of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders researched technologies, designed cities, presented plans and models, and wrote 1,500-word essays on the topic, “Living on the Moon.” The teams also competed for awards in special categories including infrastructure, transportation, use of energy, use of recycled materials, and land surveying practices. The Ohio regional competition is sponsored in part by PPG, Commonwealth Associates, Ohio University, Ohio EPA, and American Society of Highway Engineers.
Indian Hill Middle School from Cincinnati captured second place and Crestview Middle School in Ashland took third place.
Ohio EPA sponsored the Best Use of Water Resources Engineering category, which was won by Remote Learning Academy. For this award, teams selected appropriate drinking water sources, treatment technologies, collection and distribution systems, and disposal locations. The strategic location of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, use of water conservation strategies, and efforts to protect water sources also were considered in the scoring.
Other special award winners were:
- Best Architectural Model (sponsored by Ohio University) – Crestview Middle School, Ashland
- Best Infrastructure (American Society of Civil Engineers) – Remote Learning Academy, Dublin
- Best Moving Part (Worthington AM Rotary Club) – St. Ambrose Catholic School, Brunswick
- Best Use of Ceramics (Allied Mineral Products) – Remote Learning Academy, Dublin
- Best Use of Energy (Commonwealth Associates) – Remote Learning Academy, Dublin
- Best Use of Recreation (Worthington AM Rotary Club) – Remote Learning Academy, Dublin
- Best Use of Recycled Materials (Hull & Associates, Inc.) – Crestview Middle School, Ashland
- Most Environmentally Friendly (IBI Group) – Remote Learning Academy, Dublin
- Best Use of Transportation (HNTB Corp.) – Indian Hill Middle School, Cincinnati
- Best Land Surveying Practices (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) – Remote Learning Academy, Dublin
- Best Project Plan (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation) – Crestview Middle School, Ashland
The Future City Competition is a national, not-for-profit education program. Across the country, more than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools typically participate in the competition nationwide. For more information contact Future City Ohio at www.futurecity.org/ohio.
What began in 1992 as a model project to encourage math and science skills and lay a foundation for engineering careers, has become the nation’s largest engineering education program.
The Future City Competition introduces students to different engineering fields, such as civil, electrical, chemical, agricultural, biomedical, mechanical, computer software, and hardware engineering. Competing also gives students a chance to improve writing, public speaking, teamwork, time management, and problem-solving skills while developing new computer skills. Above all, Future City enables students to turn their visions of the future into simulated reality.
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.