Derby Academy Places First at New England Regional Future City Competition
Derby Academy is celebrating students’ efforts after placing first at the 2019 New England Regional Future City Competition at Watertown Middle School on January 26.
Derby Academy Grade 6 students Axel Fernando, of Cohasset, Colin Fitzgibbons, of Duxbury, and Penelope Tregoe, of Hingham, earned first place in the regional round that tasked students to imagine, design, and create a city that exists at least 100 years in the future. Their group, Newtopia, also earned Best Virtual City and Best Presentation out of the twenty-seven teams from around New England. Derby Academy Grade 6 students Carson Arevian and Ava Thomas from the group Silver Bay earned third place in the overall competition; another notable achievement.
Since September, students had been utilizing city-planning software to research, design, and plan innovative, age-friendly cities that considered solutions for a resilient power grid that can withstand and recover from natural disasters while minimizing power disruption. Presenting their designs to family, faculty, classmates, and a panel of judges from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES), teams were judged and scored on sustainability, energy use, transportation, water resource management, and population distribution. In small teams, students produced a virtual city, a 1,500-word research essay, a 3D scale model, and a formal presentation; deliverables that documented the team’s journey through the entire engineering design process that required substantial time and project management, collaboration, and imagination.
“When I first started the project, I was really scared about having to write a 1,500-word research essay” said Grade 6 student Axel Fernando of the group Newtopia. “After doing it, I realized it wasn’t just work – it was fun and imaginative. The Future City Competition has taught me a lot about collaboration and being confident in myself and being confident in my team.”
Derby Academy faculty member and STEM
Curriculum Specialist Kathleen Malone reflected on all the students’ sustained efforts over the last several months, recognizing the hard work, focus, and dedication required to get to the regional level, all the while competing against several other prestigious schools in the area.
“I’m so proud of these students,” Malone said. “During the competition, they were all supportive; cheering, encouraging, and complimenting each other. We came away representing Derby Academy as a community of respectful, compassionate, and caring individuals, and that is the biggest takeaway.”
Congratulations to Axel Fernando, Colin Fitzgibbons, Penelope Tregoe, who will be representing New England and Derby Academy at the Future City Finals in Washington DC this February.
2019 Overall Competition- New England Region
First Place: Newtopia - Derby Academy- Axel Fernando, Colin Fitzgibbons, Penelope Tregoe
Second Place: Peluang - Masconomet Regional Middle School (Boxford/Middleton/Topsfield MA)
Third Place: Silver Bay - Derby Academy- Carson Arevian, Ava Thomas
Major Awards- New England Region
Best Virtual City: Newtopia - Derby Academy- Axel Fernando, Colin Fitzgibbons, Penelope Tregoe
Best Essay: Peluang - Masconomet Regional Middle School (Boxford/Middleton/Topsfield MA)
Best 3D Model: Peluang - Masconomet Regional Middle School (Boxford/Middleton/Topsfield MA)
Best Presentation: Newtopia - Derby Academy- Axel Fernando, Penelope Tregoe
Specialty Awards- New England Region
Most Innovative Use of Material: Poseidon Falls -Stella Ingle, Tyler Miller, Morgan O’Connor
Best Food Supply System: Aphrodite Falls -Joely Gubitosi, Bella Mazzocco, Henry Isenstadt
Most Resilient Infrastructure: New Green City- Christian Hazel, Ella Metri, Cam Steele
The People’s Choice: New Green City- Christian Hazel, Ella Metri, Cam Steele
Best Public Recreation Space: New Green City- Christian Hazel, Ella Metri, Cam Steele
2019 Overall Competition - In House
First Place: Newtopia -Axel Fernando, Colin Fitzgibbons, Penelope Tregoe
Second Place: Silver Bay- Carson Arevian, Ava Thomas
Third Place: Aphrodite Falls - Bella Mazzocco, Joely Gubitosi and New Green City- Christian Hazel, Ella Metri, Cam Steele
Fourth Place: Nova Civitate -Johnny Black, Parker Burnett, Cassie McCabe
Fifth Place: Laetus -Emily McVane & Phoebe Piscatelli
for complete listing of all the 2019 New England Regional winners.