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Students build age-friendly cities at Future City Competition

Eighty students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 from seven P.E.I. schools and one New Brunswick school will participate in the Future City Competition in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN – On Saturday, about 80 students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 from seven P.E.I. schools and one New Brunswick school will participate in the Future City Competition in Charlottetown.

Since September, these students have been working with their classmates to imagine, research, design, and build their vision of a future city. The theme of this year’s competition asks students to consider the Age-Friendly City, and challenges them to engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city's senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be.

On Jan. 13, students will present their cities, including city models they have built, to a panel of judges who will select one team as the winner.

The winner will compete at the finals in Washington, D.C., in February.

Today’s competition will take place at the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering at 550 University Ave.

The Future City Competition has been held in the United States each year since 1992. Engineers Canada brought the competition to Canadian classrooms for the first time last year. This is the second year that P.E.I. students are competing, and the first year for students from the Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick.

They join approximately 1,276 students from Ontario participating in the Future City Competitions this year.

Future City Competition details

Saturday, Jan. 13 Future City Competition schedule:

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Preliminary judging

12:15 p.m.: Public exhibition – students talk to the public about their designs. Public is welcome to attend from 12:15 to 2 p.m.

1 p.m.: Final judging

1:30 p.m.: Awards

2 p.m.: Winner announced

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