ESD Sets Up Future City Orientation For Teachers

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit’s annual Future City program takes middle school students 150 years into the future.

On Monday, May 5, the ESD will host teachers interested in expanding the program to their schools.

The Spring Future City Orientation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 5 at ESD headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield. A Cinco de Mayo-themed dinner will be provided.

The event is a great opportunity to meet with the team, teacher and volunteer mentor who won both the Detroit Regional and national Future City competitions last winter.

It will be an informal event, where teachers will have a chance to learn how to organize and incorporate Future City into the classroom. ESD staff and representatives of the winning team from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester will be giving tips on using SimCity — the software used in the competition to design the city of the future — along with strategies for writing a better essay, building a better model and performing a better presentation.

Overall, it’s a chance to learn how to help transform student ideas into innovative projects, and how to dream up an entire city set 150 years from now.

Please RSVP by April 28th to Allison Marrs at amarrs@esd.org or 248-723-5802 Ext. 121.

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Students from Crescent Academy present their city before the judges.

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