SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE
February 11, 2020
One team is recognized for excellence
LEOMINSTER — Two teams at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster have spent the past several months building futuristic cities to compete in the New England competition “Future City” and one team was recognized for its efforts.
Future City is a project-based learning program where students imagine, research, design and build the cities of the future. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students work in teams to ask and answer an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?
The Future City competition focuses on creating cities that could exist at least 100 years. Each of the cities built must incorporate a solution to a design challenge that changes each year. This year’s challenge for the kids was clean water.
One of the Boys & Girls Club teams, called Moon City, with teammates, Desmond Batch, Ava Bettencourt and Aaron Traingue, chose a threat to a city’s water supply, located on an island in the Indian Ocean, and designed a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean water that included desalinization of ocean water.
The other local team, Future Town, with teammates Amya Burgos, Amelia Carboni, Anabelle Bien-Aime and Nicholas Carboni, situated their city in Michigan on the coast of Lake Erie. The biggest threat to their city was a significant pollution problem in the drinking water.
Helping them learn about clean water during the building process was Jeffrey Murawski, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Works’ wastewater division. The students also got help from two directors at the center, Christopher Mora, the education director, and Allison Digirolamo, the science education director.
The teams from the Boys & Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg were the only Boys & Girls Club group that competed. All the other teams where from middle schools around New England.
The Boys & Girls Club’s Future Town team won three different awards including best model, one of the toughest competitions considering there were more than 20 teams from the New England region. They also won the award for citizen engagement and the most brilliant use of natural resources.
The teams participated on Jan. 26 at the regional competition held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.