A group of students from Pearson Middle School took first place in the North Texas Future City Regional Competition, qualifying them for the international competition Feb. 17-21 in Washington, D.C.
Future City is a project-based educational program for middle school students that engages and challenges them to design a vision for a livable city of the future.
Students use science, technology, engineering and math skills to define and research a current, real-world problem and then develop and write solutions to the problem to incorporate into their futuristic city. They work as a team with an educator and engineer-mentor to plan and simulate their city using SimCity software and build a scale model to present to a panel of judges.
Students from Pearson, Pioneer Heritage and Scoggins middle schools competed against teams from across North Texas in January at The University of Texas at Arlington, with teams from each school winning special awards for their innovation and ingenuity.
This year’s competition challenged students to develop an age-friendly city. The first-place team from Pearson Middle School, which named its city “Whitewater Valley,” developed an earpiece and wristband to help the elderly manage their health.
The students even used the school’s 3D printer to make an actual earpiece, which one of the team members wore and demonstrated during their presentation. The students suggested the health monitoring device work in combination with motor vehicles, so that cars would automatically recognize emergencies inside each vehicle and autonomously drive to the nearest hospital.
Whitewater Valley team members include students Sydney Breyare, Erin Camelon, Catherine Crandell, Ila Bhattacharya, Mishaal Qureshi and Jessica Selvarayan.
In addition to bringing home the first-place trophy and advancing to the international competition, Whitewater Valley also earned the award for “Excellence in City Design.”
Congratulations to all the FISD teams who earned special honors at the regional competition:
Pearson Middle School
1st Place and Excellence in City Design – Whitewater Valley
Sydney Breyare, Erin Camelon, Catherine Crandell, Ila Bhattacharya, Mishaal Qureshi and Jessica Selvarayan
Excellence in Transportation Integration – King’s Landing
Aniketh Sudunagunta, Varun Gosula and Rohit Rajan
Pioneer Heritage Middle School
3rd Place, Best Age-Friendly City and People’s Choice-Best Model – Destiny City
Jayanth Pandit, Hasan Khan, Karl Soederlund and Adhith Shivaprasad
Best Planning for the Age-Friendly City – Alduropolis
Aniket Gupta, Aryan Karthik, Rishi Leburu, Laksh Gulati and Avin John
Society of Petroleum Engineers Energy Award – Master Minds
Ahana Chattopadhyay, Isha Raval, Samantha Ary, Samhitha Somavarapu and Praveena Arni
Excellence in Renewable Energy/Innovative Power Generation System – The Innovators
Pragna Gundupalli, Soorya Narayanan and Reyaa Kadu
Best Woman-Led Design – Lumina
Gabeen Kim, Sakshi Ahuja and Joanne Ramesh
Scoggins Middle School
Most Innovative Use of Engineering – Scogginsville 3.0
Jared Crow, Benny Hu, Sanjana Kavula, Arianna Reed, Anvita Nandula and Shane Logan