Southwest Academy in Future City competition

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.

The team of Naeem Brown, Zack Burke, Ashley Longo and Awsaf Sikdar received the award following the Jan. 12 competition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. (Wajed Khan is also a member of the team but did not attend the competition.)

During the competition, the team was supported by two Project Lead The Way – Gateway to Technology (PLTW-GTT) teachers, Kim Sturdivant-Miller of the school's science department and Valerie Hawkins, a magnet coordinator.

Engineer mentor Kennedy Huddleston, pre-college outreach member of the Maryland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, also advised the team.

Southwest Academy's team was the only participant from Baltimore County public schools among the 15 teams from schools in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Future City Competition is a national project-based learning experience in which students in grades six to eight imagine, design and build cities of the future. Working with their educator advisers and an engineer mentor, the students 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 is Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solutions to Manage Stormwater Pollution.

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