Graves County 4-H Engineering Club students Kayla Aldridge, (GCMS), Jenna Shupe (Fancy Farm Elementary), Lexie Mathis (GCMS), Madie Alderdice (Wingo Elementary), Connor Thomas (GCMS) along with team mentors, Isabella Byassee (GCHS), Levi Kelley (GCHS), Keaton Looper (GCHS) and coaches Tracey Tashjian, and Sam Anderson, County Extension Agents returned from the 2017-2018 Future City competition on January 15 with a first place award in the Regional Contest. The group placed first of forty-six and will represent Kentucky in the National Contest in Washington, D.C., February 19-20. In addition to the Regional Title, the 4-H team received the AARP Excellence Award and Best Essay.
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build a city that will exist at least 100 years in the future. This year's theme, "The Age Friendly City," requires students to envision an urban environment that keeps older adults active, engaged, and independent while incorporating engineering ideas that would revitalize their city's economy, reduce crime, promote safety, improve the environment and enhance civic engagement. The group began working in June to present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity software); a 1,500 word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); a presentation along with a question/answer session with a panel of STEM professionals.
Future City is a nationally sponsored competition for 6th, 7th and 8th graders that puts its student competitors in real world situations and asks them to be the problem solvers as they brainstorm ideas and design solutions. For information about how you can become involved in Future City and other 4-H activities, please contact Tracey Tashjian at 270.247.2334.