BOISE, Idaho — This weekend, some of Idaho's brightest 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be at Boise State for this year's DiscoverE's Future City Competition regional finals.
The non-profit educational program asks middle schoolers to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. This year's theme asks students to create a water-resilient city to address a wide range of risks, including drought, flooding, population change, natural and man made disasters, and economic recession.
Future City students see engineering as a direct influence on their lives, why math and science are relevant to their world and make a hands-on connection between their education, Idaho and their future. Future Cities are dazzling, colorful and constructed from recycled materials and built for less than $100.
The regional finals are Saturday, January 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at BSU's Jordan Ballroom. The first-place team will receive an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Future City Competition National Finals in Washington, D.C. next month.