The winning team for this year’s SWE-ECI Special Award was Namaka Urben. The team members are Justus Skinner, Alec Black, and Zach Ray from Evans Middle School. They were supported by their teacher, Heidi Bradford, and their mentor, Terry Hamm. Namaka Urben also won the Best Use of Futuristic Buildings in the spotlight award.
This year’s competition had 31 entries from schools across Iowa, including Taft Middle School, Harding Middle School, McKinley Middle School, Clear Creek Amana Middle School, Franklin Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, English Valley Junior High School, Vernon Middle School, Turkey Valley Middle School, and North Scott Junior High School. A slide show of all of the entries is available on YouTube.
There were many very good entries in the competition, and Glaesileika from Harding Middle School came out on top. Linden Runels, Sweta Sudhir, and Nina Yu represented Iowa and the National Future City Competition in Washington D.C. They were also invited to show their city at the White House Science Fair.
For more information about Iowa Future Cities, including how to become involved in next year’s competition, please visit www.futurecityiowa.org.