The mission of the DiscoverE Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for middle school students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a hands-on application to present their vision of a city of the future.
The Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition is a 501.c.3 educational outreach program of DiscoverE, one of 39 regional programs conducted throughout the country with the goal to introduce middle school students to the engineering profession. The Future City Program continues to be on the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities.
The Philadelphia Regional Competition draws schools from Philadelphia and surrounding areas including the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Students from middle schools and after school programs in the region form teams consisting of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who work with a teacher and an engineer mentor from September to January.
Charlie Grab and I helped to judge three separate Special Awards (including our DV ISPE – Innovation in Healthcare Award). Charlie has been involved as a volunteer even while attending school (Rowan University, Mechanical Engineer Class of 2016). The Philadelphia ISA and DV ISPE both support this event as do many professional societies and companies in our area.
The two students pictured above with Charlie are from Lionville Middle School – one of the schools that we invited to our Feb. 16th exhibit & symposium. (Philadelphia ISA is also invited to our event).
Lionville also won the overall competition. They move on to the Nationals on February 18th.
Visit the Future City Website if you are interested in volunteering.