Local middle school students are heading to Manhattan this weekend for the Great Plains Regional Future City Competition. St. Matthew Catholic School is the only team from Topeka competing in the event.
Middle school science teacher Rose Spicer says the competition gives kids a chance to dive into engineering at an early age.
“This year’s topic was resilient power and how to keep it going and in a sense that’s a tough concept for middle school students to grasp on and they just jump in and they go right at it,” said Spicer.
The St. Matthew team designed a city that runs on “tidal power” by harnessing the power of the waves in the ocean.
“We have to research a lot about electricity and how it works and how the whole grid works,” said 7th grader Zachery Moore.
“For our energy source we included tidal power and so we had to research what materials to make it out of so it doesn’t rust in the water,” said 8th grader Lexi Herrera.
Herrera, Moore and the rest of the team will give a seven minute presentation on their city to a panel of judges made up of engineering experts from the area.
The Great Plains Regional Future City Competition is Saturday at Kansas State University. The Future City Competition Finals will be held in Washington D.C. on February 19.