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Lakers shine at engineering competition in Columbus

The Indian Lake Middle School 6th grade gifted/enrichment class recently competed in the National Engineers’ Week Future City Building regional competition.

(Pictured, left to right: Ethan Cummins, Colin Powers, Caleb Taylor, Laura Downey, Emaleigh Wallace, Lindsay Berg, and AJ Stringfellow.)

Twenty-four teams from Ohio competed for the chance to go to the national competition in Washington, D.C. The Lakers won the “Rookies of the Year” award for 2013. The team also earned Honorable Mention in the essay portion of the contest.

The competition consists of 5 components: a virtual city, the essay, a model, a narrative, and a presentation. The entire team researched the essay written by Emaleigh Wallace.

Colin Powers, Caleb Taylor, and Kelly Shoffner created a virtual city to specifications on SimCity4, a city-building challenge game. The team worked to create a model of a city of the future, utilizing several recycled items.

The model, as well as the essay, highlighted the team’s solutions to this year’s challenge: “Re-think Run-off: Preventing Storm Water Pollution.” Laura Downey, Lindsay Berg, Emaleigh Wallace, and Kelly Shoffner coordinated the artistic design and aesthetics of the model and Bryson Britt wrote a narrative describing the features of the model. Caleb Taylor, A.J. Stringfellow, and Ethan Cummins represented the team in three rounds of judging at the competition.

The team thanks Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman for providing support to the Lakers.

Indian Lake is coached by Karyn Price, Gifted Intervention Specialist for the Logan County Educational Service Center.

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