Release Date: 1/17/2013
Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243

Southwest Academy team wins award at regional city-planning competition

TOWSON, MD. – A team of students from Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science and Engineering earned the Outstanding First Year Participant award in the Mid-Atlantic Region Future City Competition.

Southwest Academy team members Naeem Brown, Zack Burke, Ashley Longo, and Awsaf Sikdar received the award. (Wajed Khan is also a member of the team but did not attend the competition.) During the competition, the team was supported by advisors Kim Sturdivant-Miller, science department chair and Project Lead The Way – Gateway to Technology (PLTW-GTT) teacher, and Valerie Hawkins, magnet coordinator and PLTW-GTT teacher, and by engineer mentor Kennedy Huddleston, pre-college outreach chair of the Maryland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the competition saw Southwest Academy’s team, the only participant from BCPS in this year’s match, challenge 14 other teams from schools in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The Future City Competition, a national project-based learning experience, invites students in Grades 6–8 to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work in teams with educator advisors and an engineer mentor to develop city blueprints using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software, research and propose solutions to an engineering problem, construct tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges. This year’s theme for all regional and national competitions is “Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solutions to Manage Stormwater Pollution."

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