The Sage Colleges will welcome approximately 400 6th, 7th and 8th graders to The Armory at Sage College of Albany for the Future City Regional Finals on Saturday, January 13.

Now in its 26th year, Future City is a project-based learning program that challenges middle school students to imagine, research, design and build cities for the future. Thirty teams from 28 local schools and organizations will compete in the Albany-area regional finals. Across the country, more than 40,000 students will participate in similar competitions.

This year’s theme is “The Age-Friendly City.” According to event organizers, older adults are living longer, staying in the workplace longer, and living independently for longer than ever. The population is also growing and altering society’s overall demographics. By 2050, older adults will outnumber children under the age of 14. Student teams have been asked to identify age-related issues in the Capital District and to engineer a framework that enables seniors to remain active, independent and engaged.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other county dignitaries are expected to be on campus for the judging.

First place winners will travel to the Future City Competition Finals in Washington, D.C., in February.