Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot…Future Engineers Create Cities of the Future!
It was a privilege to be a part of the Kentucky Region Future City Competition again this year. On January 18, teams came from all over the state to compete at South Oldham County Middle School. This year’s topic was Waste Not, Want Not. The challenge was to design an innovative citywide solid waste management system for a future city that would be safe, environmentally sound, and energy efficient. It was an exciting day, and we were overwhelmed by the many well thought out cities and the students who created them!
For the second year in a row we were honored to choose Drakes Creek Middle School in Bowling Green to receive the Structural Engineering Award for their city Isla Gunga which is located in the ocean. We were impressed that the students put thought into the fact that the towers that were anchored to the ocean floor needed to be reinforced to resist tidal and seismic forces as the city was located near an underwater volcano. The students also considered structural integrity with regard to the placement of the “pods” where the city’s residents live.
Congratulations go out to all the teams, and we wish the Kentucky Champions, Pikeville Junior High School, all the best as they represent Kentucky at the National competition in Washington, DC.