Future City Philadelphia Competition was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Philadelphia Sheet Metal Workers Facility on Delaware Avenue. The competition is the culmination of over four months of hard work that included: designing a city using SimCity software, writing an essay, building a full scale model, and presenting the city model before a panel of engineers.
For the second year in a row Rodriguez Consulting mentored sixth graders from the Thomas Holme Elementary School in Philadelphia. Ironically Thomas Holme designed the plan of the city of Philadelphia and produced the first detailed map of Pennsylvania in the 1600's. Rodriguez engineers Matthew Sherwood and Mallory Spagnoli worked with Lori Abernathy, teacher at Thomas Holme, and a group of enthusiastic students on a future city named "New Seaside Heights". The competition started shortly after Hurricane Sandy and the students felt compelled to design a "New Seaside Heights" that would be able to withstand future hurricanes.
Delaware Valley Engineers Week annually hosts the Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition as part of the Engineers Week activities. The program is a 501.c.3 educational outreach program of National Engineers week. It is one of 40 Regional programs conducted throughout the country with the goal to introduce middle school students to the engineering profession. The Future City Program was recently added to the National Association of Secondary School Principals' National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities.