At the Jan. 11 Capital District Future City Competition, the FMS Future Cities team received the award for best use of regional zoning, most sustainable transportation system and best essay.
Future Cities is a competition that revolves around designing a city of the future. This year’s challenge was to pick a water problem a city has and then come up with a solution. The FMS team chose Ciaro, Egypt because their water supply, the Nile River, is heavily polluted.
The team wrote a 1,500 word essay describing their city, the problem, how to solve it, how the city functions and how engineers have worked to design the city. After the essay, a scale model was built out of recycled materials and presented to panel judges.
The FMS team’s solution involved using four ocean skimmers to remove plastic and garbage from the River, a filtration system using sand from Sahara Desert, and ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilize the water. Their system was designed through the help of mechanical engineers who designed the plumbing and pumping system, electrical engineers who developed the This system was designed through the help of mechanical engineers who designed the plumbing and pumping system, electrical engineers who developed the UV light system, and chemical engineers to ensure that the water is safe coming out of the filtration system.
A creative and fantastic job well-done, team!