ASFL Wins Future City Regional Competition
A team of students from the Academy for Science and Foreign Language (ASFL) won 1st place at the Alabama Regional Future City Competition held last weekend at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The students will advance to the Nationals in Washington D.C. on February 18th. A team from ASFL won 1st place at the 2016 Future City Competition as well. This is the eighth straight year that ASFL has competed at the national level.The Alabama Regional Future City Competition is a state-wide, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software, research and write solutions to an engineering problem, build tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges annually at the Regional Competition. This year’s theme was “Power.”
The Future City Competition engages more than 40,000 middle school students each year throughout the United States and abroad. 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.