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Woodside Middle School team wins two special awards at National Future City Finals

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:21 am

A team from Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne received two special awards while competing against 36 other teams Feb. 15-18 in the National Future City Finals during Engineers Week in Washington, D.C.

Woodside received the Institute of Industrial Engineers' Excellence in Systems Integration award and the National Society of Professional Engineers' award for Protecting the Public's Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices, an IPFW news release said.

As part of winning the Industrial Engineers award, the team will be featured in the next issue of that group's professional magazine, the news release said.

Woodside advanced to the national finals by winning the Indiana Future City contest Jan. 18 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Team members are Jodi Camino, Tyler Kuntz, Ameena Sohail, Matthew Fisher, Skip Jester and Chris Howard, the news release said. Woodside teacher Laura Smith supervised the group, and Troy Larkins of local company Engineering Resources served as their engineer-mentor.

The Future City competition challenges middle-school students to design a virtual city that addresses a predetermined problem or issue. This year, students had to create a transportation system to move people in and around their city.