We are rapidly approaching the end of the Future Cities project. The next two weeks will be critical to students as they work to finish their model and presentation. Teams have now spent over two weeks working on the model with two weeks left to complete it. As we have discussed in previous updates, students have a variety of additional opportunities to complete the model beyond just the remaining STEaM periods, such as FLEX and after school work times. Please check with your student as to their progress and how they are using their time.
Future Cities School and District Competition Updates
On Thursday, December 19th, teams will be sharing their models to a group of judges in a 7 minute prepared presentation. After all presentations are completed, we will combine the scores from the SIM City reflection, essay, model, and presentation to determine the teams that qualify for the district competition. Teams will be notified later on Thursday if they qualified for the district competition. In years past, some teams that make it onto the next level have asked to take the model home over break to enhance it prior to the district competition on Friday, January 10th, which is fine as long as it is picked up prior to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, December 20th. Teams are expected to make arrangements for return of the model, once we return to session after winter break. After the district competition, we will notify teams that qualify for the regional MSOE competition on Saturday, January 18th.
IMPORTANT FUTURE CITIES DATE
As we look toward the coming month in Future Cities, some key important dates and experiences will be happening to help ensure the success of our students. Please review these dates below and feel free to let your student's Future Cities teacher know if you have any questions.
Tuesday, November 26th
Students will need to have the essay completed at this point for final reviews and preparation for submission.
Tuesday, December 3rd: (2:45 - 3:30)
Thursday, December 5th: (2:45 - 3:30)
Thursday, December 12th: (2:45 - 3:30)
Tuesday, December 17th: (2:45 - 3:30)
During the dates and times listed above, the Future Cities team will be offering an optional after school work time for students looking to finish up their model. Parents and students should please plan ahead and have rides arranged ahead of time, so a prompt 3:30 pick-up can occur.
Please Complete This Permission Slip for Attending Times Above
Tuesday, December 17th
The Future Cities model will be completed by this point in preparation for presentation.
Thursday, December 19th
Students will be offering their final presentation and model to a group of judges for our whole school competition. Students will be evaluated for entry into the district competition. Students who do not make the district competition will be able to take their model home at this time.
Friday, January 10th
Students who advanced to the district competition will participate in a whole day judging event around their model, group presentation, and individual judging events. Saratoga will select its top scoring teams to move onto the MSOE competition.
Saturday, January 18th
On Saturday, teams will compete in a regional Future Cities experience at the MSOE Kern Center. Most of the competition occurs during the morning and afternoon hours. However, should a team be in the top 5, they will have an extra presentation in the afternoon. Students will be responsible for transporting the model to MSOE and for their own ride. More times and specifics will be coming out as our teams advance.