Centralia Students Learn Engineering Through City Planning

On Jan. 26, 2019 Chester Boren Middle School students who are enrolled in the gifted program called Nexus participated in the Missouri regional Future City contest at Missouri S&T in Rolla. Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. These students spent more than four months creating cities that could exist at least 100 years in the future. Each city also incorporated a solution to a special design challenge—this year the challenge was to design a resilient power grid that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

The two classes of students formed six teams. Each team was responsible to create Deliverables that were uploaded to the contest judges prior to the presentation phase presented in Rolla. The other Deliverables were 1) Project Plan, 2)Virtual city data, 3)Essay, 4)Expense Report, 5)City Model and 6)Presentation. Students who participated were 6th graders: Mason Adkisson, Claire Brinkman, Noah Davis, Tyler Hawkins, Natalie Mistkowski, Izaak Moss, J.R. Lesher, Morgan Dimmitt, and Juliana Dollens. 7th graders: Grayson Bruce, Joshua Dishman, Faith Mills, Susanna Nix, Rylee Palmer, Laila Payne, Jeremy Rish, and Levi Strain. 8th graders: Grant Harris and Mackenzie McCollum. At the end of the contest, one team who had created their city on and under the surface of Mars had won the essay portion of the contest and received 3rd place honors overall. That team was composed of Noah Davis, Izaak Moss, and J.R. Lesher. The Future City team coach was Ann Seider who teaches the Nexus students for Centralia Schools.

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