This past Saturday, TCPS not only entered the Southern California Future City Competition for the second year, but also won an award for the second year in a row. The Middle School team won “Most Futuristic” for their city. See what the Union Tribune has to say about this amazing STEAM competition!
Students share their reflections of this exciting project and competition:
“Something that I took away from Future City is that running a city is actually very difficult. There are so many different parts and pieces that work together to keep the city running, and if one thing goes wrong, it could mess everything up. I think that the most fun part of this project was building the model, because I love art and seeing things come together is something that is very fun for me.” (Student, Grade 8)
“Future City was an awesome experience. I thought it was really fun to get together and build a part of a city. My favorite part was building the model, I liked making trees with plaster and finishing the house. It was fun to spray paint the bricks, even though we didn’t use them. I like designing trees too. I learned a lot from Future City. I learned that you need to know exactly how the city works. You need to be able to answer lots of different, and random questions. You need to know how your trash is incinerated and how you make energy. You also learned that you need your city to be futuristic, you need something better than a telephone and stronger than metal. I think that every city has at least one thing they can improve on. I think my city needed a better way of getting from your tree house to the elevator, and an easier way to get the food from the trees. I feel like we needed a better way of dealing with trash too. Overall I thought Future City was super fun and I can’t wait to do it again!” (Student, Grade 6)
“Future City was fascinating. I always thought about stuff like that the world would be too small with our growing population, not what happens when we don’t have enough space with our solid waste, and if I did I would just say to incinerate it or bury it underground. However, after working on Future City I learned that all my solutions were wrong and it was a lot more complicated. Incinerators cause pollution and are very expensive and if you buried our trash underground it would pollute the water supply. Future City was a learning experience. In Future City I learned that there’s a lot more problems in this world than solutions. Our group should improve by being more futuristic and being ready to answer more of the questions the judges asked. I had the most fun coming up with the housing situation and naming our city.” (Student, Grade 6)