Athens, OH 28 February 2015 –
Last week, Pat Hanlon and I attended the 2015 National Future City Competition in Washington, D.C. to represent the Russ College. At the competition, middle school students from around the country displayed their vision of the future.
This year’s theme was Urban Agriculture, so each design needed to incorporate ideas about how to supply food for the population of their city. There were a lot of interesting and creative solutions to this problem, including aquaponics, vertical farming, and urban gardens. It was neat to see the students work together to produce a city that incorporated so many things that are vital for their residents.
Presenting the award for honorable mention [Picture from the Russ College Article]
The students’ enthusiasm for engineering and the well being of their city residents makes me extremely hopeful for our future engineers. In my opinion, Future City is a great competition, which is helping to develop extremely creative and conscientious students. Future City is a great event for Ohio University to sponsor and support!
Students enjoying the after-party
The Future City event organizers did a great job congratulating all of the students participating at the national competition. Many students received awards and the celebration party was a lot of fun!