By Steve Peterson
West Sioux Middle School students competed in the “Future City” Program.
Zach Hulshof, Wyatt Johnson, Henry Sharpe, Nathanael Bunge and Jake Lynott are part of Jason Knueven’s Talented and Gifted Program.
In the Future City competition, their problem was to solve the rainwater runoff from a city with a 25,000 population.
“We’re in the process of self-critiquing it and waiting for the formal review. There is an extensive rubic you go through,” said Knueven, adding judges were looking for realistic solutions.
According to its website, teams are judged and scored on each category and can earn up to 400 points. There are the Virtual City Research Essay and City Narrative which are due before the regional competitions.
The model and team presentations are judged at the regional competition. At regionals, scores from all five components are added together to determine the top team. The first place team in each region will advance to the National Finals in Washington D.C, Feb. 15 – 20.
“Students generate the ideas, plan their execution, research, write, build, learn, laugh and present their final product,” according to www.futurecity.org.