Saint Frances Cabrini (SFC) seventh graders were invited to take part in a future cities design contest offered by Cisco System’s Information Technology Team. The purpose of this competition is to offer engaging STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) opportunities to students, enabling them to work collaboratively to create, plan, design, build, and present their vision of a future city.
At the beginning of the project, students formed teams in which each team had the task of visualizing their future city by illustrating their ideas with flowcharts and/or storyboards. From this, each team created their own unique physical model using a combination of recycled matierials provided by the Cisco staff, found at home, and available at school. When completed, teams introduced their city concepts using Google Presentation or Prezi (an online dynamic presentation method), while the physical models allowed them to describe more specifics about each city. Next, each team project was judged by the Cisco Information Technology staff, and two teams were chosen as the school winners.
The final step involved a trip to Cisco where the winning teams presented their model cities to Cisco’s Information Technology staff. This was truly memorable, not only for our winning teams, but for all students who took part in this project.