Warwick Middle School’s Future City team recently competed at regionals taking home their 6th-straight championship. Warwick’s team has been ranked as high as 4th nationally in the Future City competitions, being no lower than 13th in the country over that span.
The team was tasked with designing a city of the future — choosing Toyama, Japan. The students decided on this city mostly in part due to a contact they made with the city’s Chief Resiliency Officer, Dr. Joseph Runzo-Inada. He was able to provide insights to the students developing this new plan for the competition. Students even had an opportunity to video conference with Dr. Inada and other city planners.
The theme for 2019 was to design a resilient power grid that could withstand a natural disaster. Warwick's concept was to protect the power grid from Toyama’s historical flooding with Layered Decentralized Optimization architecture, underground power, and water management infrastructure.
“It is humbling and exciting to be in competition with some of the brightest minds in the country,” stated Michael Smith, Warwick Middle School teacher, and Future City team advisor.
Warwick’s Future City team will now move on to compete at the National Championship being held in Washington, D.C. on February 19th, 2019. This is the 8th time Warwick has had a team qualify to nationals.
Presenters at the regional championship were: Xavier Flaiz, Grace Kegel and Lauren Matt. Other members of the team include: Matthew Bacon, Olivia Boland, Zoe Buchanan, Kyle Charles, Joseph Conrad, Carter Hain, Connor Henry, Paige Misavage, Ivan Tejada, Liam Zee, Jonah Ahlers, Ben Cosmore, Marin Davis, Carolyn Eisenbach, Nate Hovan, Thomas Jeanes, Caden Lausch, Elena Smith, Aiden Troop, Rebekah Trovinger, Maggie Turner, and Nate Wenger. The mentor for the team is Christian Kegel.