Michigan’s future designed by our future

Seeing the future through the eyes of our young people is a great way to see what they’ll bring to their future careers. This week, LG Calley visited the Michigan Future City Competition, hosted in Novi by the Engineering Society of Detroit.

The Future City Competition gives students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades the opportunity to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. The competition is team-based and each team consists of at least three students, an educator and a volunteer mentor. This year’s theme was focused on public spaces and students were challenged to incorporate a network of innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves their city’s diverse population.

30 teams from 19 schools all across the state participated in the competition and LG Calley was able to check out their model cities and talk with students about their designs and thoughts on how cities will work in the future.

LG Calley also addressed all the participants at the event, challenging them to think about people of all different abilities. To think about how people who use wheelchairs or are blind would use public transit, green spaces and much more in order to create more inclusive environments for all Michiganders and people around the globe. The LG finished up his remarks by taking questions from the students.

The top 5 teams will compete in the national competition in Washington D.C. Congratulations to the teams from St. Valentine Catholic School in Redford, St. John Lutheran School from Rochester, Grand Blanc West Middle School from Grand Blanc, Trinity Lutheran School in Utica and Sarah Banks Middle School (Team 2) from Wixom.

To learn more about the Future City Competition, visit http://ww2.esd.org/EVENTS/futurecity.htm

*Written by Matt Hillier, communications intern