Energizing Your Future

ATC employees help students power up for Future City Competition

American Transmission Co. employees participated as judges in STEM Forward’s Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition, held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. More than 200 students from 56 teams attended the event.

Future City is a project-based learning program where students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade imagine, research, design and build cities of the future.

Students involved in the Future City Competition spend approximately four months creating cities that could exist at least 100 years in the future. Each city must incorporate a solution to a design challenge that changes each year.

This year’s challenge, Powering Our Future, was perfect for ATC employees to get involved. Students were challenged to design a resilient power grid that that could survive and quickly recover from a natural disaster and explain how it works.

In the months leading up to the competition, ATC employees presented at a STEM Forward Future Cities workshop introducing students, parents and teachers to how the electric transmission system works, their different career roles and how they support our business. We also shared information with teachers who followed up after the workshop and welcomed Milwaukee’s Golda Meir students for a visit to our facility.

We are proud of our employees’ commitment to help educate students involved in the competition and congratulate the winning Wisconsin teams:

  • First Place: Butler Middle School for their city, “Lucky 7”
  • Second Place: Glen Hills Middle School, “City of Superior”
  • Third Place:  Forest Park Middle School, “Edison”
  • Fourth Place: Whitman Middle School, “Waikiki”
  • Fifth Place: Wheatland Center School, “Mt. Bliss”

Future Cities Regional Competitions are held throughout the United States, Canada, China and Egypt. Teams that win their regional competition in the United States attend the Finals held in Washington, D.C., in February. Congratulations to Butler Middle School and good luck in the Finals!

All photos provided by STEM Forward.