Future Cities team earns 4th at regionals

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Members of Broadalbin-Perth Middle School’s Future Cities team earned fourth place out of 27 teams at the regional competition Jan. 21 at Proctors in Schenectady, meeting the goal they set for themselves when they began preparing.

The Future Cities Competition is a national, project-based learning experience in which students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades imagine, design and build models of cities of the future.

The contest involves much more than the model and presentation. In the months leading up to competition day, students work as a team to plan cities using computer software and research and write solutions to an engineering problem, which they submit in the fall. They also build their tabletop scale models with recycled materials and present their ideas to judges at the regional competition.

“The amount of time we — teachers and students — put into this competition is enormous,” adviser Anita Stabrowski said.

Students participating on the Future Cities team were, Robert Hernandez, Colin Santon, Ashley Marotta, Isabella Latour, Aaron Leonard, Jake Alteri, Chandler Canary, Emily Mickan, Kate Szumowski and Sam Spraker.

This is the third year B-P has put forth a team, with science teachers Stabrowski and Michael Nacheman as advisers. Last year’s team set a goal to finish in the top 10, and they came in seventh. This year, they wanted to best the 2016 performance, which they did with their fourth place finish. By placing in the top five, the team delivered their presentation from the Proctors stage.

“We have embraced the district’s initiative to expand STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and it shows,” Stabrowski said.

Although the competition is over, some of the Future Cities members will be coding and assembling computer processors after school with Mr. Nacheman. “When you have this type of student initiative and drive, we have to keep moving and changing to keep up with them,” Stabrowski said.