On Saturday, January 21, five teams of students from Boeckman Middle School, Dodge Middle School, and Gateway Academy competed with nearly 50 middle school teams from across Minnesota in the Future City Competition, at Dunwoody College of Technology.
Students have been using the engineering-design process in which they imagine, design, and build a city of the future. Teams submit a virtual city, a written essay, and a project plan prior to the competition event in which they present their scale city model during multiple rounds of judging with professional engineers.
This year’s challenge problem required students to conduct research and develop a solution for redeveloping a brown- or greyfield, and a road, into public space for the citizens of their city. Students explained the engineering principles they used in creating their city, along with zoning, municipal services, and various opportunities for the residents.
Boeckman Middle School’s Team Sunnyside members are Rylee Eykyn, Erika Feshami, Ellie Partington, Ella Crosby, Soren Huebsch, JD Navratil, Tommy Ondrey, and Hobbes Reyes. They incorporated a hyperloop into their city transportation, included multiple methods of ensuring clean drinking water for their citizens, and added multiple moving parts to their city of future.
Dodge Middle School sent two teams to the competition. Team HIghlowopolis, a returning award-winning team, earned the special award “Best Industrial/Commercial Layout” for their city. Members are Jack Geiselhart, Reilly Kasper, Harry Lillie, Devon McCarthy, Brian Sather, and Austin Skoda, who designed a bi-level city, located on the island of Tazmania, with the industrial zone underground and maglev trains for public transportation.
Dodge’s other competitors, Team H2okyo, include Kimberly Anderson, Ansel Benning, Zoe Champ, Lewy Geiselhart, Audrey Meyer, Colin O"Hern, and Rory Siedschlag. They built a city around a volcano, using it for both energy and as a tourist attraction., and redeveloped a dilapidated harbor into a pleasant, safe public space for their citizens.
The models will be on display at the schools, along with some of the other work the students completed for this competition.
Kristin Ammerman, GEL Specialist at Boeckman and Dodge Middle Schools, and Michael Tate, Great River Energy, provided support for the teams.
Gateway Academy Teams: