DiscoverE’s Future City competition is a non-profit educational program that asks middle-school students to imagine, design and build cities of the future. Recently on Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Nexus classes at Chester Boren Middle School took their large, tabletop size models illustrating their concept for a future city to Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri. They presented the results from their research and the information they had previously submitted as an essay. They also were judged on project management and completion of a computer modeled virtual city. After their oral presentation, they defended their ideas to the four judges for several more minutes. This year’s special challenge theme was “Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow.” Eighteen Missouri region teams had signed up to participate and 14 were in attendance on this recent date to an earlier contest date that was postponed due to icy weather.
The three Centralia Panther teams earned 4th and 5th place; earning the opportunity, as a top five team, to present in the finals round held in the afternoon. One Centralia team, although not advancing to the finals, won the Virtual City and Creativity Award. Those students are Gracie Banta, Lawrence Dollens, Clayton Moore, Noah Davis, J.R. Lesher, Izaak Moss, Morgan Dimmitt, and Juliana Dollens.
The 7th and 8th graders earning 5th place overall and the special Survey award are Natalie Mistkowski, Grayson Bruce, Josh Dishman, Claire Brinkman and William Hayden. The 8th graders earning 4th place with a city called Gopnik are Laura Dollens, Susanna Nix, Laila Payne, Jeremy Rish and Levi Strain.
A family night was recently held in the CBMS Library and numerous parents attended the day long Future City event in Rolla. Mrs. Seider, who teaches the gifted students in the Nexus program, wishes to thank the administration, staff, and her students’ families for their support through this semester long project. Special thanks also to Environmental Dynamics International (EDI) in Columbia, as well as the civil construction group of engineers at Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) for providing a valuable field trip experience and answering questions about engineering or water treatment.