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ISTCS team places fourth in Future City competition

February 7, 2013

Morning News — Leslie Mielke These students at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School designing a future city and presenting their ideas in competition at the end of January. From left are Madison Thompson, Devin Larsen (science teacher), Max Park, Aidan Weaver, Preston Stoker and Kraig Grubaugh (engineer advisor) and Matthew Blight. Science teacher Stephanie Thompson is not pictured.

The Future City team at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School placed fourth in a statewide competition.
Students on the Future City team are Matthew Blight, Madison Thompson, Max Park, Preston Stoker and Aidan Weaver. Matthew and Madison are eighth graders. Max is a seventh grader and Preston and Aidan are sixth graders.
This competition is for middle school students only.
This is the second year ISTCS students have competed. Last year, the team was recognized for coming the farthest. This year, the team not only travelled the farthest but also took fourth place. They competed against 30 teams from 20 schools, mostly from the Boise-Meridian area.
The objective of this annual competition is to execute a model of a Future City. Each year, the emphasis of the competition changes.
This year, the emphasis was on hydrology—clean water, storm water, sewer water and polluted water, said Kraig Grubaugh, the teams' engineer advisor.
The scale of the future city is where this team shone, said Grubaugh.
The team employed two scales. Its horizontal scale was 1 to 5000. If the city was actually built, it would have covered a distance of two miles by four miles. The vertical scale was 1/2 inch equaled 25 feet.
The team used actual physical features to developed its city. Featured were Ferry Butte and the Snake River.
The future city, named Charterville, was designed to house 43,197 people, said student designer Max Park.
"[In the ISTCS city] storm water is gathered in a "storm water storage tank system," said student designer Madison Thompson.
It has a commercial district and industrial district. It has three forms of energy—hydro electric, solar and wind.
Other imaginative features include an anti-gravity amusement park, trampoline bridge and Hanson Lake.
There are no phones because parents can opt to have a brain implant of Google internet placed in their child's brain, said student designer Preston Stoker.
"We didn't want to stifle the students imagination," said Grubaugh.
The ISTCS team worked on this project for four one-half months, said science teacher Devin Larsen. Science teacher Stephanie Thompson also coached these students.
Students had to design a digital city, so a research paper about storm water run, build the city and prepare a presentation, Larsen said.
"It was a lot of work," he said.
The students also worked with a computer program called SimCity. Students needed to make choices about running a city.
The students made their presentation before three sets of three judges. Having finished in the top five, three members of the Future City team explained their project to an audience.
This is the 20th year for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition. This is the ninth year schools in Idaho have competed and the second year the ISTCS has participated.
This Future City competition is a national program fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications.
Engineers Week is Feb. 17-23, 2013.

 

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