A Green, futuristic city: Kutztown Middle School team presents their city design to school board

Patriot photo by Dan Clark Kutztown Middle School Future City team presenters stand next to the model of their city, left to right, Jarrett Mohn, Nevie Gawlik, and Jarryed Kase.

Kutztown Middle School’s Future City team presented their futuristic city design to the Kutztown School Board recently.

After working for months on a plan for the Future City Competition and participating in the regional competition, the Kutztown team presented their Future City project to the board on Tuesday night.

The city was presented to the board in the same manner that the students presented their city to the panel of judges. The idea was to pitch the city to people who were planning to build a new resort in the city.

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The premise of the competition is to develop a futuristic city based on a present day village in Guatemala. The year is 2199 and the presenters were eighth grader Jarrett Mohn, the city’s Mayor; eighth grader Jarryd Kase, the Chief Engineer of the city; and seventh grader Nevie Gawlik, the Chief Tourism Coordinator.

“In LC we rely on efficient natural resources and have a constant supply of energy,” Kase said.

Part of the competition was to be as energy efficient as possible in the city. It guarantees that there is always a supply of energy.

In Lacustre Ciudad tourism is vital to the city’s economics which is why they have a variety of activities planned out for future tourists, such as virtual snorkeling, scuba diving, nature tours and canopy tours throughout the rain forrest.

“As you can see, we truly have something for everyone. In my spare time, I enjoy our hiking trails as well as our nature tours,” said Gawlik.

The students set the city up with environmental regulations that require all buildings to have a green roof to filter precipitation which will allow all water to be channeled into pipes and avoid the problems of erosion.

“In the event of a fire, the water stored in the pipes will be used to extinguish the fire,” Gawlik said.

The creators of Lacustre Ciudad also managed to nab the future bid as the location of the X-Games after Los Angeles stopped hosting the event in 2058. In 2199, the games bring in a lot of tourists and are another way to help the city’s economy.

Students who entered the competition worked for months on building the city using the software from simCity4. The student’s model of Lacustre Ciudad (or Lakeside City) was created over a period of two and a half months.

On Jan. 26, the team went to Philadelphia to compete in the regional competition. The team’s presenters Kase, Mohn and Gawlik presented their city to a panel of judges and explained how good the quality of life was in Lacustre Cuidad. After all of the schools presented, the Kutztown Middle School was one of six out of 42 teams who presented to be called back to present to a new panel of judges for the final round.

At the end of the competition Kutztown Middle School came in fourth place overall and they were given a special award for the Best Moving Part which is a train made from recycled parts found at the school and made with the help of one of the fathers who is an electrician.

The students that participated in the Future City team are Jacob Biltcliffe, Tom Velik, Dominic Matrone, Jarryd Kase, Jarrett Mohn, William Gow and Nevie Gawlik.

The Future City competition was created by the National Engineers Week Foundation which was created to promote engineers in order to raise awareness and promote the engineering field.