Future City Competition – Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow
The annual Future City Competition starts with challenging students to think about how to make the world a better place. This year’s topic was “Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow.” Most of us don’t think about the safe water we drink, but for engineers and other professionals, maintaining a reliable water supply requires thoughtful consideration and preparation. City planners need to be ready to handle a wide range of risks which include drought, flooding, natural and man-made disasters, and population change among other possibilities.
The Future City Competition this year challenged elementary and middle school students to choose a threat to their city’s water supply. Through research and using their imaginations, the students then designed a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water. For the competition, students plan a virtual city, write an essay, make a 3D model, and give a live presentation for the engineers that judge the competition.
On January 20, Leonard Engineering enjoyed the privilege of judging at the Kentucky Region Future City Competition hosted by South Oldham Middle School. Teams from all over the state came to compete.
As happens every year, it was difficult to decide which teams had put the most thought and research into the structural aspects of their cities. We would like to congratulate the winners of the Structural Engineering award: Kenwood Station Elementary School for their design of “Cosmic City” and Drakes Creek Middle School for their design of “Nova Plex.” We were impressed by the special care the Kenwood Station team exercised when choosing materials to ensure their monorail tracks were supported and safe as well as how the Drakes Creek team designed buildings to sway and absorb shock from earthquakes and high winds.
We congratulate all this year’s award recipients and look forward to seeing the bright future of engineering in the coming years.