BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University's College of Engineering invited Idaho's brightest middle schoolers to the National Engineers Week Future City Competition, which took place on Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The competition hosted 37 teams from 17 schools, and focuses on designing a reliable water system to maintain a clean and reliable water supply, part of this years theme: "Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow." The rules for the competition include writing a 1,500-word essay, and a model of the proposed city.
In addition to the main focus of designing futuristic cities, the competition also emphasizes the different aspects of the STEM fields, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.
The projects are judged by local industry professionals, as well as staff and students in Boise State’s College of Engineering. There is an emphasis on supporting and connecting with the young competitors in the hope of inspiring further exploration of STEM.
This competition takes place all over the United States. Boise State is hosting the regional competition, while one of the teams from Idaho will move on to the national event in Washington, D.C. in February.