How can we use engineering to design a city that is safe, healthy, sustainable and fun to live in? Students continued their role as Urban Planners and are following the engineering process to create a city that makes them happy! To define the problem, we began the process by thinking about things in our city we don’t like. We came up with air pollution, traffic, trash and dirty water.
Before coming up with sustainable solutions, students learned that it is important to respect the natural environment where it exists. Students will design their city on a plot of land with a river or lake, so water doesn’t have to be pumped in from other places. We are planning for the future, and we want our city to have clean water and more green spaces.
How will people move around the city? Where will people go to have each of their needs met? People will be moving to our city, so we need sustainable transportation. Traffic is a problem, and we want to cut down on air pollution. What are we going to design for sustainable transportation? We don’t like people driving so many cars. Students came up sustainable solutions, such as bike paths, sidewalks, busses, trains. One student came up with solar powered energy from the sun, and we are all quite excited about that!
To reduce air pollution, we learned about the SMT Rail (Smart Mass Transit Rail System), a raised transportation system that is much healthier for the environment. The SMT Rail will reduce traffic, noise pollution and is safe, fast, quiet and comfortable. Ask your child why they have chosen to include the SMT rail in their city plan.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.