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Gateways Team Wins 3 Awards at Future City Competition

Gateways Team Wins 3 Awards at Future City Competition

Students in Radnor Middle School’s 8th grade integrated program Gateways won the Best Coordination of Engineering Disciplines Award, Best Civil Engineering Award, and the Planning Excellence Award at the 28th annual Future City Philadelphia Regional Competition on January 21, 2023. Thirty-five area schools participated in this year’s event held at Delaware County Community College.   

Future City is a hands-on cross-curricular educational program that brings STEM to life in local competitions across the U.S. Using the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and project management skills, students showcase their solutions to a citywide sustainability issue. This year’s challenge asked students to address climate change in their city. 

All 40 Gateways students, supported by their teachers Ms. Darcy DiGiacomo and Mr. Stephen Smolen, created a professional resume and were interviewed by building and district administrators in September to apply for specific roles/positions needed for the competition. Students were part of the Essay/Presentation

Brightly colored simulated city

The city of "Aruna".

Team, Virtual Design Team, Graphic Art Design Team, and could also participate as Project Managers and Independent Contractors. The teams collaborated to create a 1500-word essay, a 7-minute presentation, and a Physical Model of their city of Aruna. Teams chose a specific aspect of climate change to focus on and create a city that would be more resilient 100 years in the future.  

Gateways students have participated in the competition for over 10 years.