Jan. 21, a team from Hanes Magnet School competed in and won the state
championship in the Future City Engineering Competition.
The team’s teacher is John Boyd. The team
mentor is Rajesh Kapileshwari. The members of “Team Aleppo” are Simran Vadgama, Vidhi Patel, Arya Vinod, Kiran Kapelishwari, May Cheron and Jake Prince.
Kapileshwari reported that the team won $1,300
in cash prizes – $1,000 for winning the state championship, $150 for the Best
Research Essay, and $150 for People’s choice award for the City Model built to
scale. Three team members, along with Boyd and Kapileshwari, have been invited
to compete Feb. 18-21in the finals in Washington. The organizers will pay for
the flights and hotel rooms for the five.
‘s older son, Rohan, who also competed for three years while he was at Hanes
Magnet, wrote a news brief. Here is an excerpt:
hunger, poverty. Climate change, conflict, and inequality. These are the
problems that students from Hanes Magnet School engineered solutions to by
implementing public spaces into a city. These solutions, ranging from the
simple to the complex, took into account many factors of the city that they
were designed to address: culture, citizen identity, history, and many more,
eventually leading to a hopeful view of a futuristic city that could be free of
the issues that plague us today.
is what a release from Future City had to say:
Future City Competition is a project-based learning experience where students
in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, research, design, and build cities of the
future. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and
center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How
can we make the world a better place?
spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new
businesses and bringing in new visitors. They can also help reduce crime, ease
traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve
the environment, and enhance civic engagement. A recent study by the
UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted
about 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a
higher quality of life.
returning to school earlier this fall, 31 student teams across North Carolina
have been hard at work on their Future City projects. Altogether, more than
40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools around the country are engaged
in similar competitions.
in a team with an educator and engineer mentor, students are challenged to
design a virtual city using SimCity software. They research today’s public
spaces and write a city essay about their solutions and city design. Students
then bring their ideas to life by building a tabletop scale model of their city
using recycled materials on a budget of $100 or less and give a brief
presentation about their city.
Major funding for the
Finals comes from Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Shell Oil Company and
Springs Middle School's first meeting of the Phi Delta Fraternity was held in
the media center this morning! Wake Forest University Professor, Adam Dovico,
founded this group for eighth grade boys to discuss personal, professional and
with Mineral Springs Middle School Family Engagement Coordinator, Mr. James
Carter, the group will meet once a month featuring guests from both
Wake Forest University and the Winston- Salem community.
Delta Fraternity hosted members of the Wake Forest University Baseball and
Tennis Teams this morning. The Mineral Springs students received a tie and
white dress shirt to wear on meeting days. The students then practiced
professional handshakes and greetings, and the college students demonstrated
how to tie a classic Half Windsor Knot.
Phi Delta Fraternity is a great opportunity for middle school students to begin
to interact with students and faculty of higher education.
In the Winston-Salem Journal, reporter Arika Herron writes about a new
mentor program at Cook Literacy Model School. Here is an excerpt:
When 8-year-old Alexis Bowman
caught sight of Juanita Flemming, the second-grader at Cook Literacy Model
School ran into Flemming’s waiting arms.
just met about six weeks ago, matched through Cook’s new partnership with Big
Brothers Big Sisters, but Flemming said she and her “little sister” are already
developing a close bond. For an hour every other week, Flemming meets with
Alexis at the school. Sometimes they eat lunch together and read; other times,
Flemming sits in class with Alexis and helps her with her work.
said she has fun reading with her “big sister” and likes it when she comes to
special,” Alexis said. “We’re doing fun things together.”
Brothers Big Sisters is one of many new initiatives at Cook this year, in its
first year of a whole-school restart plan aimed to take the school from
lowest-performing in the state to a place of growth and higher achievement. While
planning for her school over the summer, Principal Paula Wilkins set a goal to
find mentors for each of her students.
shows that connectedness is the key,” Wilkins said.