Students are imagining the future by finding ways to make use of public spaces in a future city.

Soft SkillsThe Future City Club at Flood Brook School participated in the annual Future City competition in Albany NY. They received third place in the regional competition for their city “Hydropolis” and are the only school in Vermont which participates.

“We design a future city — something that’s sustainable for our future,” said student Skylar Dryden, “because our future isn’t looking too great with all this stuff we’ve got going on. They have different goals for us every year. This year was the power of public space.”

Last year the Future City project was waste management.

The planning for Hydropolis begin when the school year started.  Students complete four sections – a physical model, a virtual city design, a 1500 word essay, and presentation. They located Hydropolis off the coast of Japan on two abandoned islands – Hashima, 16 acres, and Takashima, 330 acres.

The competition is for middle school students.  It is part of DiscoverE, previously the National Engineers Week Foundation, one of the oldest professional outreach efforts in the USA.

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