BLACKFOOT — Five sixth grade boys at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School travelled to Boise last weekend to compete in the Future City regional competition and returned home with some hardware.
Not only were they recognized for the being the team that travelled the furthest, they also won the Materials Exotica award, which is given to the team with the most creative use of materials and materials science in the design of their city.
The five boys — Jaykob Ames, Carl Fisk, Sean Lucas, Jaxen Nochebuena and Jacob Sheer —started their project in September. Local mining engineer Kraig Grubaugh volunteered his time to help the students with their project.
The team first had to create a successful digital model of their city using the Sim City software program. They then built a physical model of their city — complete with a windmill powered by an electric toothbrush motor.
The students also had to conduct research and write a paper about energy sources. At the competition they presented their projects.
"I'm impressed with how they represented our community," ISTCS teacher Chad Majeske said.
The event promotes careers in science, technology engineering and math, and Majeske said through participation in the competition his students are now more aware of the career opportunities available to them.
"It makes a future career in engineering real," he said.
Twenty-nine schools participated at the Future City regional competition in Boise. The regional is part of a national program for middle school students.