STMS Green Team creates futuristic city

STMS Green Team creates futuristic city
Posted on 02/06/2020
The Summit Trail Green Team presents at the Future City competition
Thousands of years in the future, Drinkwater City sits on the edge of the Chubut River in Argentina. About 100,000 citizens live in Drinkwater, which runs on wind, hydroelectric and solar power. The city trades its surplus power to neighboring municipalities for other goods.

Drinkwater is the brainchild of Summit Trail Middle School’s Green Team, including seventh-grader Hailey S., sixth-grader Lila S., sixth-grader Kaylin W., sixth-grader Paige P. and seventh-grader Emilie H.

The team presented its Future City Project at a competition on Jan. 18. About 35 teams from across Washington participated, and Summit Trail won the “icebreaker social” by interviewing as many other teams as possible during the competition.

The Future City Competition asks teams to create a city model to scale using recycled materials and at least one moving part, as well as a virtual city design, an essay, a seven-minute presentation and a project plan.

“These girls make me so proud,” Green Team adviser Breanna Powell said. “They inspire me!” The competition was a thrilling opportunity to learn more about city planning, land surveying, environmental engineering, public speaking and engagement, project management and resource conservation, Powell added.

Transportation options in Drinkwater include a zipline, which is powered by friction. It also generates some surplus energy via an underground turbine in the main water line that runs under the zipline. Other citizens walk, bike, skateboard or take the bus, the group explained.

The team built the scaled model of Drinkwater City to include a moving wind turbine, using a snap circuit. The Grizzlies’ model incorporates reused and recycled items such as yogurt and shampoo containers, contact lens cases and chip bags, along with hot glue, gorilla glue, paint and fishing line.

“We have a lot of different power sources,” Lila said. “We thought, ‘Why not?’”

The students selected wind, hydroelectricity, solar and water power because they produce energy while also being sustainable choices.

“With all the different power sources, we are shipping excess power to other cities to fund needs in our city,” Hailey added.

The hydroelectric dam they envisioned includes an automated mechanism that senses living creatures such as fish, and allows them to pass through, while collecting any garbage that flows downriver from other settlements.

Housing in Drinkwater is communal, with two to four families in each dwelling, and common kitchens and bathrooms to save resources, Kaylin explained.

Besides selling power to neighboring cities, Drinkwater also uses a “Subaqueous Trade Vessel,” which transports fresh produce and other manufactured goods under the river. In an emergency, it could be used to help evacuate citizens. The team also planned a school, fire department, police department, hospital and recycling center. Bamboo is used for building because it’s a quick-growing, sustainable choice, the team said.

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Next, the STMS Green Team plans to work on a “Carton to Garden” challenge, for which they’ll collect milk cartons and plan a project related to gardens and using STEM, art or environmental stewardship practices. The team is seeking new club members, and invites other Summit Trail students to join them at 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
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