Students Design City of the Future

Students in La Vista opened the door to the future on Friday. We stopped by for a look at where we’re headed.

The assignment for the middle school kids was to create the City of the Future as part of a 2014 competition involving 36 regional competitions.

They were charged with the task of defining whether tomorrow’s metropolis might be lodged beneath the sea, aloft in outer space or perched on a mountainside.

Location was just the foundation. They were also tasked with figuring out how the city would operate.

David Nielsen, with the American Society of Civil Engineers told us, “What they have to do is take that city and solve a specific problem and figure out how to make it functional - whether it’s driving to-and-from work; how do they get the toilets to flush; what kind of businesses; what kind of food."

That’s a tall order. The winner will move on to a competition in Washington D.C. for the national tournament next month.

The event is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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