Science Students Win Engineering Awards

A big congratulations to Ms. Delaney, parent engineering volunteer Mark Mihm, and all of Dallas Academy’s seventh and eighth grade science students for the months of hard work and dedication they put towards the National Engineers Future City Competition. The annual competition was held last Saturday at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dallas Academy competed against over sixty projects from dozens of schools throughout the Metroplex. Dallas Academy’s teams returned home with numerous awards.

The National Engineers Future City Competition charges middle school science students to design and create a city one hundred and fifty years into the future. This year’s competition theme was to develop new transit methods. Students must create a computer simulation, write an essay and narrative, build a scale model, and make a team presentation detailing their city of the future.

Representing the seventh grade class during the presentation portion of the event at UTA were Virginia Addison, Payton Menzel, and Brandon Valadez. Their city, Traverse-City, won the award for “Excellence in Transportation”. They developed I.C.E. Iceland Celerity Express which is a non-stop transit system run from hydrogen and solar power.

Eighth grade presenters were Shan Wolff, Claire Plumlee, Saralinda Noakes, and Kristen Wagner. Their city, Anisotropic, won the award for “Excellence in Civil Engineering Infrastructure”. They developed a magnetic levitation transit system and pneumatic cargo tunnels. The team became a top six finalist and presented to a panel of engineers and all of the competing teams, which included over five hundred people! The team did an outstanding job presenting their concepts and was awarded 3rd place overall and $850.

Ms. Delaney and the entire Dallas Academy community are very proud of the effort and dedication that the seventh and eighth grade teams have shown during the project. The scale models are now available to view in the Dallas Academy library. Go Bulldogs!