Ballinger was a sponsor of the annual Philadelphia Region Future City Competition, an educational engineering program for middle-school students to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Using the engineering design process as a framework, students develop a virtual city with SimCity, write an essay, build a scale model, and deliver a presentation.

Part of a national initiative to engage students in STEM, the Philadelphia program culminates in a live event judged by professional engineers. Over 100 volunteers gathered at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the competition on January 19, including a group from Ballinger. Throughout the day, budding engineers in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades presented their cities to judges. Radnor Middle School was the proud recipient of the “Walter Ballinger Hope for the Future Award,” made possible by Ballinger’s financial contribution to the event.

The Philadelphia competition is one of 39 regional programs around the country, and draws students from Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Future City is an educational outreach program of DiscoveryE, whose mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.