Teams from Cedar Rapids schools to compete in Future Cities contest

March 28, 2014 | 10:31 am

Eighteen Cedar Rapids Community School District teams, representing Taft, Roosevelt, Harding, Franklin, and McKinley middle schools, will compete in the Regional Futures City Competition on Jan. 26 at Prairie Point Middle Schools. The district teams will be among 37 student groups competing for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the National Future City Competition in Washington, DC in February.

The contest theme is "Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solutions to Manage Stormwater Pollution." Student research essays describe their solutions for the theme. As they analyze the most damaging effects of extreme weather, they imagine and design new and creative ways to manage stormwater that make city landscapes act more like natural landscapes. Teams also work with an educator and volunteer mentor to design a virtual Future City model incorporating their ideas.

As each team addresses its stormwater runoff solutions, students will consider safety, cost, efficiency and appearance of their ideas. They will also learn about the engineering disciplines that encompass their solutions, including learning and identifying the steps of the design process.

The Annual Future City Competition is designed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and is a program of National Engineers Week Foundation (NEWF), a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations.

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