( Las Vegas, NV ) – Several students from Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas will be taking a trip to Washington DC next month because they won the annual Southern Nevada “Future City” competition over the weekend at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy.
Hyde Park 8th grader Shan Reddy explains the contest: “Future City is an engineering team-work competition in which you have to design a futuristic city based on a theme that changes every year. You have to design and build a physical model of your city. You also do a computer model, your team writes two essays and then you give a scripted presentation about your city at the competition.”
Students also have to answer questions from judges about their project.
Over the course of the first semester middle and junior high students all over Clark County worked with teachers and Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineer mentors to learn what it takes to make a city work in real life by building their own imaginary city.
The team named their project “Koru” – an imaginary reinvention of Auckland New Zealand after a pretend disaster sometime in the future.
The Hyde Park Team now takes on winning teams from dozens of other regions in the national competition next month in our nation’s capitol.
KXNT Morning News Anchor Nathan Tannenbaum served as Master of Ceremonies for the final round of the local competition.