ASFL Students Receive Honors at National Civil Engineering Event
Students from the Academy for Science and Foreign Language (ASFL) went to Washington, D.C. for the “Future City Competition.” Their teacher, Angela Traylor, along with volunteer mentor Raymond Woodson, a retired aeronautical engineer, traveled with students to the prestigious event to showcase their design against dozens of other teams both internationally and from across the U.S.. ASFL won the regional competition held last month at the Space and Rocket Center in order to earn this spot in the Nationals. Their city, "Adelaide," took third place honors at the national competition and winning the school a $2,000 scholarship for its STEM program.
Future City is a STEM based learning program for sixth through eight graders that require students to dream, design, research and build a city of the future using SimCity software. The students must work as a team to solve an engineering problem and build a tabletop scale model using recycled materials. The entire process of creating a city of the future to solve a citywide sustainability issue can take up to four months to complete.
The Academy for Science and Foreign Language has traveled to the national competition for the past few years, and even won first place in 2016. The Future City Competition has over 40,000 students from the United States and abroad participating in the science, technology, engineering and math program.