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Middletown Area Middle School eighth-grade team takes second at Future Cities event

Posted 3/6/19

The Middletown Area Middle School eighth-grade team of Alyssa Foreacre, Aurora Demko, Nolan Sessa and Aidan Torres finished second in the Future Cities competition held at the State Museum on Jan. …

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Middletown Area Middle School eighth-grade team takes second at Future Cities event

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The Middletown Area Middle School eighth-grade team of Alyssa Foreacre, Aurora Demko, Nolan Sessa and Aidan Torres finished second in the Future Cities competition held at the State Museum on Jan. 19.

A seventh-grade team of Rachel Trefz, Ryan Foreacre, Luke Lekites and Max Dupes also took part. Both were led by teacher Trevor Davis.

This year’s challenge was to build a city that had a power resiliency plan that could be implemented if the city lost its main source of power due to a natural disaster.

The eighth-grade team of engineers created “Imperium,” which was run on nuclear fusion as its main power source.

“Our transmission lines were cool. The way we distributed power throughout our city was, we moved our transmission lines underground and then used wireless power distribution to send our power throughout the city. And our power lines can repair themselves using magnetic connections,” Aiden said.

But if their nuclear fusion power was destroyed by a natural disaster, the city contained solar, wind, and hydropower backups. When not needed, the three sources store excess power to be used in emergency situations.

The competition consists of five elements which total 258 points: City Model (70), City Presentation (70), City Essay (60), Virtual City Design (48) and Project Plan (10). Of those 258 points, the eighth-grade team was beat out by only 15 points by a team that was made up of 25 students compared with the MAMS team that completed all five required elements with a team of only four students.

“Prior to the presentation portion, we had a better essay, virtual city and model. Our model was impressive,” Nolan said.

Aidan agreed: “We put mirrors on our model, so all high lighting areas were reflective so our model sparkled which was pretty sick.”

Nolan said that the first-place team’s presentation and answers to the judges’ questions were better than those of their team, and that’s what ended up making the difference between first and second place.

Imperium will be on display at the State Museum in Harrisburg from March 9 to May 5.

The seventh-grade engineers made their city, Mollitium, power resilient by rebuilding its underground power lines out of materials that can withstand earthquakes and adding power grids and electrolysers to provide backup energy when needed.