Redford School Wins ESD's Future City

NOVI — A team from St. Valentine Catholic School in Redford Township won the 2017 Michigan Regional Future City Competition, hosted and managed by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

The daylong event was held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

St. Valentine was one of more than 30 competing teams to participate in the event. Hundreds of students gathered at the Suburban Collection for the competition.

Six-time defending state champion and 2014 and 2015 national champion St. John Lutheran School of Rochester finished second.

Third place went to Grand Blanc West Middle School, fourth place to Trinity Lutheran School of Utica and fifth place to Sarah Banks Middle School Team 2, Wixom.

St. Valentine now advances to the Future City national finals, featuring regional winners from around the country. They will be held Feb. 18-21 in Washington, D.C.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley visited Future City's Michigan Region competition.
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley visited Future City’s Michigan Region competition.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016-17, Future City is a project-based learning program that challenges middle school students to imagine, research, design and build the cities of the future. This year’s theme is The Power of Public Space. Over 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools in 37 U.S. regions and four international regions, take part in the Future City Competition.
The program proudly supports a great number of underserved communities. Students repeatedly report that the program increases their motivation and excitement about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). In addition, students and teachers report a marked improvement in students’ 21st Century skills.

St. Valentine’s city was named Briviba, which means “freedom” in Latvian. It was envisioned as a beautiful European city in Latvia reestablished in the year 2168.  Briviba is located on the Gulf of Riga, adjacent to several small lakes and wetlands for citizens to use. Residents enjoy a varied climate with warm summers, cold winters, rainy springs, and cool, beautiful autumns.

The St. Valentine School Future City.
The St. Valentine School Future City.

Students also proposed solutions to better use the Gulf of Riga.  This led to the development of public spaces underwater. Marine engineers worked closely with architectural engineers to design a groundbreaking public space called “Aquatic Commerce,” an underwater portion of the city that consists of a series of commercial buildings and public spaces that run on hydroelectric power produced by an underwater turbine. This public space is the first large scale functioning city in the world that is underwater. “Aquatic Commerce” is also a secure space for citizens to evacuate in case of any natural disaster. “Connect” pods transport citizens through a network of tunnels to get to this destination. It includes indoor parks, malls, and even a virtual reality museum called “The 5 Sensation Experience.”

In addition to the first through fifth place awards, students also competed for special awards for specific areas or characteristics of their cities, many of which were sponsored by institutions and businesses. Special award winners in the Michigan Region were as follows:

* Architectural Engineering of an Integrated, High Performing City Award, sponsored by Lawrence Technological University: STEM Middle School Team 1, Dearborn (pictured below)


* ASQ – Quality Improvement Award, sponsored by the American Society for Quality, Greater Detroit Section 1000: St. Valentine Catholic School, Redford

* Automation Technology Achievement Award, sponsored by Patti Engineering: North Star Academy Team 2, Marquette

* Best City Award, sponsored by Crain’s Detroit Business: St. Valentine Catholic School, Redford

* Best City for People with Disabilities Award, sponsored by
Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America: St. John Lutheran School, Rochester

* Best Communication System Award, sponsored by Society of Women Engineers, Detroit Professional Section: Trinity Lutheran School, Utica

* Best Design, Engineering & Construction Award, sponsored by
Walbridge: St. Valentine Catholic School, Redford

* Best Engineered Project Award, sponsored by NTH Consultants, Ltd.: Sarah Banks Middle School Team 1, Wixom

* Best Futuristic Transportation Award, sponsored by Denso  International America, Inc.: Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Detroit

* Best Land Surveying Practices Award, sponsored by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying: Dearborn Heights Montessori School,

* Best Neighborhood Development Award: Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Detroit

* Best Project Plan Award, sponsored by the Project Management Institute, Great Lakes Chapter: James R. Geisler Middle School, Walled Lake

* Best Rookie Team Award: Sarah Banks Middle School Team 2, Wixom

* Best Schoolhouse Award, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University College of Technology: Nolan Elementary-Middle School, Detroit

* Best Use of Alternative or RenewableFuels Award, sponsored by Dürr Systems Inc.: University High School Preparatory Academy Team 2, Southfield

* Best Use of Energy Award, sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation: Clippert Academy Team 2, Detroit

* Best Use of Green Principles Award, sponsored by the .S. Green Building Council – Detroit Regional Chapter, Green Schools Committee: St. John Lutheran School, Rochester

* Best Use of Materials Award, sponsored by ASM International, Detroit Chapter: Grand Blanc West Middle School

* Best Waste Management and Recycling Award, sponsored by the East Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association:
Trinity Lutheran School, Utica

* Building a World of Difference, sponsored by Black & Veatch
North Star Academy Team 1, Marquette

* Innovative Sustainability Award. sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy: Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Detroit

* Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects, Communities Award, sponsored by Barton Malow Co.: Herbison Woods School Team 2, DeWitt

* City of Tomorrow Award, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton: St. John Lutheran School, Rochester

* Electrotechnology Award, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Chapter: STEM Middle School Team 2, Dearborn

* Herbert W. Link Visionary Award, sponsored by Link Engineering Co.: Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Lake Orion

* Incorporation of Plastic Materials Award, sponsored by Society of Plastics Engineers, Detroit Section: St. John Lutheran School, Rochester

* Most Healthy Community Award, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan: University High School Preparatory Academy Team 3, Southfield

* Most Sustainable Food Production Award, sponsored by the American Association of Agriculture & Biological Engineers: Herbison Woods School Team 1, DeWitt

* People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. Fund: St. Valentine Catholic School, Redford

* Pursuit of Excellence Award: Henderson Academy, Detroit

* Safest City Award, sponsored by Hartland Insurance Group, Inc.: International Technology Academy, Pontiac

* Sustaining Our Future Award, sponsored by Golder Associates Inc.: Grand Blanc West Middle School

* Excellence in Economic Development Award: Clippert Academy Team 3, Detroit

* Futuristic City Design Award: University High School Preparatory Academy Team 1, Southfield

* Pursuit of Excellence Award: River Rouge STEM Academy Team 3

* Team Spirit Award: Clippert Academy Team 1, Detroit

* Technological Innovation Award: 4-H M-YEARS Farwell Youth Association, Detroit (pictured below, meeting with judges)



* Urban Planning Pioneers Award: Sarah Banks Middle School Team 3, Wixom

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