Core Competency Questions:
- How can I design a city of the future whose power grid is resilient to a natural disaster
- How can I examine evidence about energy use and connect my learnings to my future city?
- How can I confidently present my understanding and analysis to an authentic audience?
Through the lens of Engineering, students in grade six and seven designed a future city with a power grid resilient against a natural disaster. After initially learning about the role engineers play in our cities, the students then explored urban design. Classroom lessons, guest speakers, field trips and SIM City all contributed to their understanding. Working in groups of three or four, students collaborated to create a city plan that was designed around ideas of futuristic energy sources and transmission. Using primarily recycled materials, they created a model of a portion of their city with a resilient power grid. Each group synthesized their learning in a five minute presentation. Top groups were able to present to a panel of judges and participate in a district showcase and competition.