MILLBURN, NJ - The 7th and 8th grade science classes from St. Rose of Lima Academy entered into the Future City Competition, in which students work in teams to design a virtual city using SimCity™ software. They researched a citywide issue and wrote essays with their findings and solutions.
This years theme was “Tomorrow’s Transit.” Students were tasked to build a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials costing no more than $100. Then they wrote brief narratives promoting their cities.
St. Rose of Lima Academy entered 11 teams into the competition this year and five of those teams have been invited to present their projects at the New Jersey Regional Competition for Future City at Rutgers University on January 18. It is a rare occurrence to have so many teams invited to present from a single school.
St. Rose of Lima Academy "achieved the highest average in one of three categories currently being scored--Virtual City/Essay/Narrative,” Jared Fattoross, Judge Coordinator of the Future City Competition said via email.