As members of Wisconsin Dairyland HIMSS, Jon Drosdick, Director of Client Services, and Lorne Tappa, Controller, represented NRC’s Healthcare Solutions Group as judges for the 2018 STEM Future City Competition held on Saturday, January 13th at the Milwaukee MSOE Campus.
Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs with national recognition for its role in encouraging middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Future City competition starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.
The 2018 STEM Future City Competition’s theme was ‘Age-Friendly City,’ requiring students to identify an age-related challenge that exists in today’s urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that would allow senior citizens to be active and independent. Participants completed five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to a panel of judges. This year’s competition included 70 groups in varying categories, such as healthcare, transportation, energy, water, etc. The winners represent the Wisconsin region at the Finals in Washington, DC in February.
“It was an honor to judge the 2018 STEM Future City competition and observe the talent of the next generation,” said Jon Drosdick. “Not only does the Future City program encourage students in the STEM disciplines, but helps prepare them to be greater citizens.”