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Woodside Middle School team wins two awards at Future City national finals

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

The entry created by a team of students from Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne won two special awards at the 2013 National Engineers Week Foundation Future City Competition national finals Feb. 17-21 in Crystal City, Va., a news release said.

Recropolis, the simulated city created by the Woodside team, won special awards for:

•Best Indoor Environment, which includes occupant comfort, productivity, energy efficiency or air quality

•Best Future City Project Plan Award

The two awards are among 26 special awards presented at the competition, the news release said.

Woodside team members are Brandon Blumenherst, Sarah Carter, Sam Dvorak, Madisen Parker, Teryn Kline and John Steiner, the news release said. Woodside teacher Laura Smith and volunteer mentor Troy Larkins, an engineer with Engineering Resources, served as the team's adult leaders.

The Woodside team won the right to compete at the national finals by achieving the highest aggregate score among 24 teams competing at the Indiana competition Jan. 19 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the news release said. The national finals included 36 teams.

Teams had to design cities addressing this year's challenge: “Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solutions to Manage Stormwater Pollution.”