Community Collaborations

Future City Competition


The Mascaro Center’s associated faculty and graduate students have served as mentors for the past six years of the National Engineers’ Week Future City Competition. The goal of the competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their visions of a city of the future. The competition seeks to educate students in the areas of science, technology, and engineering as they design the cities of tomorrow. During the fall, students complete a computer city model as well as a research essay. The students then create a physical model of their future city to present at the regional competition. Organized locally by the Carnegie Science Center and the Engineers' Society of Western PA, the first place school at the regional level travels to Washington DC to compete in the national round during National Engineers' Week. Special awards are also given for excellence in various topics by local engineering and professional societies.


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Pittsburgh Carmalt, a Pittsburgh Public School, has participated in the regional competition for the sixth year under the direction of Science teacher Mrs. Lorie Ulmer.  In 2013, the Pittsburgh Carmalt team was mentored by MCSI graduate student Michael Richard and won two special awards.

Manchester Academic Charter School’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade students also utilized their knowledge of sustainability and engineering to participate in their first National Engineers’ Week Future City competition. Through mentorship of MACS Social Studies teacher Dennis Henderson, Engineering mentor Casey Wagner and visiting assistant professor, Bhavna Sharma, the students successful competed in the competition and won three special awards.

Information on both the National and Regional Future City Competition can be found at: 


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