May 19, 2017 - The SEED class, a mixture of traditional day school students from Sidney High School and Opportunity School students, presented their model city this week. This unique STEM-based class exposes students to science, engineering, and design through the creation of a sustainable city. The group spoke about economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Their model city, made up of 3-D printed buildings, was meant to mimic Sidney.
The class was challenged to make some changes to our community to make it more sustainable. Students noted the positives elements of our community, like our park system, vast amount of trees, and great water treatment facilities, but also highlighted ways to enhance our community by way of increasing affordable housing near downtown, increasing the number of shops and restaurants downtown, and adding a community garden and center. The goal of this project was to help students understand sustainability while also exposing them to civic engagement. Students were expected to drive many elements of their education and be leaders as they explored what it takes to create a sustainable city.