Flood Brook Team Places in Top 5 in STEM Competition
The Flood Brook Middle School Future City team traveled to Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, N.Y., on January 9 for the Albany regional Future City, the premier STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) middle school competition in the US. Regional winners go to Washington, DC, for nationals. Flood Brook is the only school in Vermont who competes in the Future City competition. They competed against 19 Albany area schools for the third year. Twenty-two Flood Brook middle school students participated in this after school activity, which began in September, to design a city they dubbed Matakite. The competition consists of four parts: a 1,500 word research essay, a virtual computer city, a tabletop model made entirely of recycled materials, and a seven minute presentation. The Flood Brook team was thrilled to earn several honors from the competition, including fifth place overall, Best Air Transportation Design and Best Presentation. The Flood Brook team included Louis Salz, Emma Tobin, Maggie Brown, Eva Morrow, Lola Herzog, Devan Kajah, Grace DiStasio, Malachy Rukat, Jenna Parker, Alexis Seymour, Markie Matusick, Alex Northrup, Alex Wasyliko, Summer Murphy, Skylar Dryden, Piper Chapman, Rowan Perry and Keegan Ewens, with coach Charles Herzog and mentor Jay Reichman.