During the past week, teams have wrapped up the first phase of the Future Cities project, by completing the SIM City reflection. Teams will now move forward with writing the essay using the research they have developed over the first two months of the project. The essay writer will be working with the team to develop any further research to required to complete this phase. Not only have teams moved onto the essay, but they will be starting to build the model. Thank you to team members who have already started to bring recyclable materials to Saratoga. Any team members with additional materials should bring them in as soon as possible, since teams will need to review them for modification and scale purposes. We look forward to now seeing how the ideas the students have put together now come together in their essay and model.