Students from J.M. Alexander Middle School in Huntersville won the N.C. Regional National Engineers Week Future City competition Saturday at N.C. State University. It was the sixth straight year that north Meck school won the title, and it qualifies the team for the national championship in February.
In addition to placing first overall, the Alexander team won awards for Best Virtual City, Best Essay and Best Presentation. The team built a future city called “Jeddah.”
Members of the winning Future City team are Emma Amick, Samuel Thornton and Preston Daniels. They worked with teacher Mary Kendrick and a volunteer engineer mentor, Camille Brown Thornton, with CBT Designs.
The streak of local Future City victories dates back to Davidson IB Middle School six years ago. The tradition continued when the Davidson IB program merged into Alexander two years ago. Alexander won the state title last year.
The Future City Competition features teams of sixth through eighth graders, and is organized by the National Engineers Week Foundation, which includes professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations.
Last weekend’s state competition was at North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The team of eighth-graders heads next to the Future City National competition Feb. 15-20 in Washington, D.C.
North Carolina Region runners up included: 2nd – Ligon GT Magnet Middle School, Raleigh; 3rd – Martin GT Magnet Middle School, Raleigh; 4th – Lumberton Junior High School “Katharos,” Lumberton.
Specialty Award Winners included:
- Best Transportation System: Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC
- Most Sustainable City: Triad Math and Science Academy “Maji Tamu”, Greensboro, NC
- Best Use of Physical Security: New Century Middle School “Animalia”, Pinehurst, NC
- Most Innovative Power Generation System: Wake Forest Rolesville Middle School, Wake Forest, NC
- Most Holistic Approach: Morganton Day School “Hydrohex”, Morganton, NC
- Best Land Surveying Practices: Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School “Cascad”, Raleigh, NC
- Best Model- People’s Choice: Daniels Middle School, Raleigh, NC
- Best Virtual City: J.M. Alexander Middle School, Huntersville, “Jeddah”
- Best Research Essay: J.M. Alexander Middle School, Huntersville, “Jeddah”
- Best Team Presentation: J.M. Alexander Middle School, Huntersville, “Jeddah”
See past coverage of the Future City competitions over the year under the “Future City” tag.