2019-20 Future City Competition

Farmington Students Build Future Cities
Posted on 02/28/2020
Dodge Middle School’s Team Kawaakari

Four teams from Boeckman and Dodge Middle Schools competed in the Minnesota Future City Competition on January 18, 2020 at Dakota County Technical College. Future City is a project-based engineering program for middle school students, in which they imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. 


Dodge Middle School’s Team Kawaakari took second place overall, and also received the People’s Choice special award. Their floating city is positioned in the midst of an ocean garbage patch where it cleans the ocean water and collects the trash. Many of the materials collected from the ocean are recycled and used to 3D print the homes and businesses, as well as providing the base for other floating cities, as needed. Kawaakari uses desalination to provide clean water and sensors to monitor water quality and flow. Most members of this team also took second place in last year’s competition. This year’s team includes Charlotte Barnett, Mikayla Gabrielson, Madelyn Guerin, Campbelle Judd, Audrey McLees, Mara Phillips, Madeline Ross, Macie Stangl, Chloe Zabel, and Meredith Ziegler.


The teams have been working since September and were part of the 43 teams from Minnesota to showcase their ideas that solved this year’s challenge of choosing a threat to their city’s water supply and designing a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean water. Each team presented their model to two panels of engineer judges and numerous special topic judges.



Other Farmington teams: 

Dodge Team Ridley Bay--Gavin Andrews, Gwyn Chmelik, Joshua Christensen, Thomas Doheny, Gabe Jenson, Logan Lindstrom, Cooper Lock, Brody Rasmussen, Jack Stadick, Makayla Tennant, and Braden Woody.


Dodge Team Gold Isle--Sam Henson, Lily Markeson, Reid Olson, Sabrina Ramthun, and Landon Williams


Boeckman Team Ricetopia--Evelyn Fox-Thompson, Victoria Hamilton, Casey Johnson, Nyhus Kirby, Olivia Small, Alexus Tran, Nic VanWechel, Tait Vigesaa, Cadence Wear, and David Wendt.


Congratulations to all of these students who demonstrated professionalism, persistence, creativity, and collaboration while learning the practices of the engineer. The teams were coached by Kristin Ammerman, a teacher at both middle schools, and Michael Tate, an engineer with Great River Energy.


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