Public spaces, both small and large, indoors and outside, not only make an urban area more attractive and more livable, they also serve as an anchor that benefits cities in a variety of ways. Many public space projects revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. Other public space projects help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. In fact, 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.
Team challenge: Your challenge is to include in your future city a distributed network of innovative, multi use public spaces that serves your city’s diverse population.
VIRTUAL CITY DESIGN
Students design a virtual city using SimCity software and present their city's progress via a slideshow presentation.
Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city. This year's Power of Public Spaces theme challenges teams to design a network of innovative, multi-use public spaces throughout their city that serves the city's diverse population.
Students build a scale model of a section of their city using recycled materials and including at least one moving part.
Students give a 7-minute presentation (followed by a 5–8 minute question and answer period with the judges) discussing features of their future city and their solution to the citywide challenge
PROJECT PLANStudents work with their team to complete a project plan to help them stay organized and focused with the Future City project.
-3D printing & Design
Students participating in Visions coding will receive an advanced introduction to programming through Tynker classroom. This course includes programming fundamentals as students learn to build two arcade inspired games from start to finish. Some topics covered include animated motions, parallax scrolling, conditional and nested loops, object cloning, and local and global variables. Students will be able to use their coding knowledge to program and fly drones.