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    1. 1. Using the Future City Competition to Facilitate Multidisciplinary Team Teaching in Middle Schools Diana Laboy-Rush, Oregon Future City Regional Coordinator OATAG 2007 Conference October 13, 2007
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Future City? </li></ul><ul><li>Official Rules and Evaluation Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Spanning Multiple Disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Building a Team </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing SimCity 3000™ </li></ul><ul><li>Designing a Future City </li></ul><ul><li>Building a Model of a section of city </li></ul><ul><li>Researching and Writing the Essay and Abstract </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing the Team Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>How to get started… </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is Future City? <ul><li>A competition for 7 th and 8 th grade students to foster interest in engineering, math and science through hands-on, real world applications. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Competition Guidelines <ul><li>Teams will consist of three students , an engineer-mentor , and a teacher sponsor . </li></ul><ul><li>The students will design the logical model of the city using SimCity 3000 ™ .   </li></ul><ul><li>The team will construct a scale model of the city section using recycled materials in their designs. The model must be no larger than 25&quot;(w) x 50&quot;(l) x 20&quot;(h) </li></ul><ul><li>The model must contain at least one moving part.    </li></ul><ul><li>The students will write a 500-700 word essay explaining their response to a specific engineering or design challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will write a 300-500 word narrative describing key design features of their city. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will explain the unique design features of their city design during team verbal presentation . </li></ul><ul><li>The total cost may not exceed $100 . No laptop computers or videos can be used for the presentation. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Evaluation Criteria <ul><li>Computer Evaluation 20 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Computer City Design 80 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Future City Model 120 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Essay (500-700 words) 70 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract (300-500 wds) 20 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Team Oral Presentation 90 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Total = 400 Points Possible </li></ul>
    6. 6. Future City Deliverables Span the Curriculum
    7. 7. Project Management Timeline September – November <ul><li>Hold initial meetings for team </li></ul><ul><li>Create context for FC Team </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit Students </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce students to rules and SimCity 3000 </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with Engineer Mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Build the team </li></ul><ul><li>Design Future City </li></ul><ul><li>Submit SimCity design of Future City to Regional Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate milestones and evaluate progress </li></ul><ul><li>Begin gathering materials for physical model </li></ul><ul><li>Begin to research essay question </li></ul>
    8. 8. Project Management Timeline <ul><li>October - December </li></ul><ul><li>Build physical model </li></ul><ul><li>Write a 300-500 word abstract describing your Future City </li></ul><ul><li>Begin brainstorming, outlining, and creating the rough draft of essay </li></ul><ul><li>Celebration milestones and evaluate progress. </li></ul><ul><li>December - January </li></ul><ul><li>Continue writing the essay </li></ul><ul><li>Create presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Practice presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Compete in Regional Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate achievement of milestones. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Building a Team <ul><li>Forming the Team </li></ul><ul><li>Creating the climate and processes for continuous team learning </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Team Celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>Tips on resolving conflict and reaching consensus </li></ul>
    10. 10. Introducing SimCity 3000 ™ <ul><li>Familiarizing students with the software. </li></ul><ul><li>About SimCity 3000 screens and buttons </li></ul><ul><li>SimCity 3000 Simulation and observations </li></ul><ul><li>Using SimCity to stimulate awareness of the complex relationships of citizen needs, growth, taxation, revenues, and sustainability </li></ul>
    11. 11. Designing a Future City <ul><li>Tips for designing your Future City </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finished city must be at least in the year 2150; no limits as to how high the year can go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a City with at least 50,000 or more residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn off Disasters menu, or you may have to rebuild due to natural disaster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save after every session </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Things to consider as you design your Future City </li></ul><ul><li>Using a decision matrix to discuss criteria for choices as you build your Future City </li></ul>
    12. 12. Building a Model of a Section of Your City <ul><li>Building the model to scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Model must not exceed 25”W x 50”L x 20”H </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a key describing the scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the height of tallest building and the recycled materials you have collected </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Including a moving part </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any power source must be self-contained; no plugs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shipping the model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shipping container: 30”W x 54”L x 24”H </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collecting and using recycled material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased and recycled materials may be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of materials must be no more than $100, including materials used in the oral presentation. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Researching and Writing the Essay and Abstract <ul><li>Creating research and writing team </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary: Interviews, case studies, surveys, experiments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary: Reading books, articles, case studies and research papers on topics of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating a mind map to cluster ideas for your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Using collaborative writing and peer coaching to product your team’s essay </li></ul>
    14. 14. Preparing and Practicing the Team Presentation <ul><li>Preparing the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Creating and using flip charts </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing </li></ul><ul><li>Using peer coaching to improve the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
    15. 15. How to get started… <ul><li>Register your team / school by Monday October 15 at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.futurecity.org/register </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review Teacher’s Manual and Tutorial CD </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble Team or introduce to class </li></ul><ul><li>Begin familiarization with SimCity </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Project schedule and go… </li></ul>