TCPS middle schoolers had the opportunity to get some incredible feedback for their upcoming participation in the 2014-15 Future City Competition. This week, Marlon Pangilinan, Senior City Planner for the City of San Diego visited our weekly PACT Meeting to meet our own future city designers and answer their questions. Marlon talked about his job which includes public interaction, policy development, and development project review. Students asked questions ranging from how long it takes to get things built (it depends on what is being built, the larger the job the more time it takes) to if there is a formula for where to put in buses (there is, you want enough stops to make it convenient, but too many stops and it slows down the system which actually makes it more inconvenient). One student asked Marlin, “You’re designing entire cities… does it get stressful?” Marlon laughed and said it did but it was something he really enjoys doing.
Working in teams, students use SimCity™ software to design their future city for their citizens, also known as Sims. Their computer simulation is only one component of their project for the Future City Competition. Along with designing a simulated city, they must also write a research essay, build a model of their city using only recycled materials, provide a city narrative, and give an oral presentation to a panel of judges at the regional competition in January.Marlon provided some very helpful feedback to our students as he met with each group to discuss their successes, setbacks, and challenges.
For more on the Future City competition, check out their awesome web site!