Faithful Shepherd Future Cities team is at it again this year. They are in their third year of competing in the regional competition. About 50 teams from around the metro area compete every year in the Future Cities competition. The first year Faithful Shepherd placed in the lower half of the teams and last year placed 19th. The team Ville D’eau Claire, is hoping for a better finish this year. The students competition was held Saturday, January 18th at Dakota Community Technical College. The three students who participated are 7th graders: Edward L., Ben F., and Jackson S. Their supervisor, Mr. Brew, said “They have worked really hard and have learned a lot.”
Mr. Brew said, “The students have spent every Thursday working after school since September on the five deliverables to compete in the competition. Those five deliverables are: a virtual city design (using Sim City), writing a 1500 word city essay, a scale model built from recycled materials, a project plan, and they present in front of judges at the competition. Judges are all engineers from metro area cities or engineering companies.”
Information about Future Cities:
Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include storm water management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy. The 2019-2020 theme is – Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Teams chose a threat to their city’s water supply and designed a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.
After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.
Here is a link to watch a couple of videos and learn more about Future Cities- https://futurecity.org/