Nutec Group employees have spent the past several years dedicating time to the Future City Competition, a project-based learning program where middle school students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.
The annual competition engages students interested in technology, science, and math, with hopes of shaping tomorrow’s workforce. The 2017 competition was held February 2nd in Washington DC.
Nutec employees Chris J. Beauregard, PE, Kimberlee A. McKitish, PE, and Taryn N. Gilvey, E.I.T. have spent time volunteering with the Central Pennsylvania competition.
Chris, Senior Project Manager, got involved with Future City Competition two years ago though the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its student outreach program. Chris serves as an essay judge for the competition and he believes “it is important to foster an interest in engineering in K-12 age students, nurture that interest through college engineering programs and mentor those young engineers when they leave college.”
Kim has spent the past six years involved with Future City Competition by serving on the planning board, as the mentor chair, coordinating volunteers, and helping to plan and execute field trips. Kim is passionate about introducing engineering to younger generations and finds this to be one of her most rewarding volunteer experiences as she watched the engagement of the students in the program. Kim says, “After watching the presentations and seeing the imagination, creativity, and problem-solving ability of the young students, I know that we will be followed by an amazing generation ready to take on anything the world can throw at them.”
Kim introduced Taryn to the competition four years ago and Taryn is now a regional judge for the presentations. “I’ve watched some students come back to compete more than once which is a good indicator that they enjoy doing this,” states Taryn. “Watching some of the students get really enthused about their projects is rewarding."
Every year the competition introduces a theme with an engineering problem that students are asked to solve. This year’s theme was “The Power of Public Space,” and students were asked to design innovative, multi-use public spaces that would serve a city’s diverse population.
About Future City Competition
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.