Minnesota Center holds Future City contest

Eighth graders (L to R) Noah Ryan, Christian Wiebe, Carley O'Neil and Sammy Brown gave their city of Timbuku a garbage burning power plant.

Eighth graders (L to R) Noah Ryan, Christian Wiebe, Carley O’Neil and Sammy Brown gave their city of Timbuku a garbage burning power plant.

Minnesota Center sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students made their presentations to the judges during the local Future City competition at the Isanti Middle School auditorium Feb. 26.

The students imagined, designed, and built tabletop scale models for cities of the future using recycled materials.

Minnesota Center teacher Rebecca Strand said, “This STEAM project integrated social studies, science, math and language arts with engineering.”

The hands-on project was engaging, exciting, and gave students a great opportunity to do real-world learning.

Seventh graders Aspen Henley (L to R), Jazzy Vannett and Orlo Balcer used SimCity to design their city of Oz complete with a working water tower.

Seventh graders Aspen Henley (L to R), Jazzy Vannett and Orlo Balcer used SimCity to design their city of Oz complete with a working water tower.

The students’ well thought-out cities included: residential, commercial, and industrial areas with disability access; eco-friendly garbage disposal; transportation; emergency services; farms; schools; places of worship; parks; and the pros and cons of using windmills for power. To learn more about the national Future City completion visit futurecity.org.

From left: Sixth graders Cynthia Addison, Alexander Wimmer and Cody Furey present their idea to live on Pluto to Cambridge-Isanti School Board Member Gary Hawkins. Their city, Atlantis, was stacked to save space. It included a ramp system, and a smog blower to blow the smog away from the city.

From left: Sixth graders Cynthia Addison, Alexander Wimmer and Cody Furey present their idea to live on Pluto to Cambridge-Isanti School Board Member Gary Hawkins. Their city, Atlantis, was stacked to save space. It included a ramp system, and a smog blower to blow the smog away from the city.

From left: Eighth graders Samantha Pearson, Courtney Linke and Austin Gunnufson designed the city of Samouryin. The white lights represent where the power lines would be placed in their city.

From left: Eighth graders Samantha Pearson, Courtney Linke and Austin Gunnufson designed the city of Samouryin. The white lights represent where the power lines would be placed in their city.

 

 

From left: Seventh graders Aly Donat, Theresa Bautch, Kadin Stromberg and Danny Huesman named their city Cambridge City.

From left: Seventh graders Aly Donat, Theresa Bautch, KStromberg and Danny Huesman named their city Cambridge City.

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