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'Future City' Students Learn Flood Fighting

Students participating in a Future City class have been challenged to design a resilient power grid that can withstand and quickly recovery from the impacts of a natural disaster. As part of the “Power our Future” challenge, the students got the chance to learn more about how the City protects from future flood disasters during a tour with City engineers on October 24, 2018. 

Group photo of Future City participantsApproximately 20 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and some parents toured segments of the City’s Flood Control System and learned firsthand how engineers are designing levees, permanent walls, and pump stations to protect against future flooding.

As part of the tour, the students had the opportunity to walk along the Sinclair Levee, tour a pump station, and talk with the City's Flood Control Program Manager Rob Davis about what it is like designing flood control.

“The Flood Control System is a great way to show kids that communities can plan and protect against natural disasters, and that having a plan can benefit evacuation, clean up, and recovery efforts long after the disaster has passed,” says Della Caldwell, Civil Engineer and a Future City Coach.

We are proud to support the efforts of these future leaders!

About Future City Program
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is the regional coordinator of Future City in Iowa, and works with DiscoverE to promote this STEM program. NewBoCo is a nonprofit organization, focused on ensuring that Iowa is known, around the world, for making big things happen. They focus on problems related to education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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