Pottsgrove MS Future City Team Benefits From Grant
POTTSTOWN PA – Bentley Systems Inc., an Exton PA-based provider of software used by architects, engineers, constructors and building operators, has donated $500 under an employee grant to be used for science and mathematics education at Pottsgrove Middle School, and specifically to help students participating on the school’s Future City team.
A check for the grant money was presented last Tuesday (Dec. 11, 2012) to Middle School Principal Bill Ziegler, during the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ last meeting of the year, by board Vice President David Faulkner. Faulkner and Lower Pottsgrove Township Commissioner James Kaiser, both of whom work for Bentley, made the contribution possible.
Pottsgrove’s Future City team, supervised by gifted and enrichment teacher Deborah Frasca, is part of the nationwide Future City Competition, in which 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, design, and build cities of the future.
Students on every team work with an educator and engineer mentor to plan their cities using SimCity-brand software, according to its website. They also research and write solutions to an engineering problem, build tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges during regional competitions that will be held Jan. 26 (2013; Saturday) at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in Philadelphia.
Pottsgrove’s team is attempting to tackle a problem that vexes Kaiser and other members of the township Board of Commissioners: how to keep storm water runoff from becoming polluted. The township during the past three years has faced a growing number of state and federal regulations intended to keep water from rainstorms and melting snow clean enough to drain into streams and rivers without needing further treatment.
Related to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Dec. 11 meeting):