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It’s the year 2162, and we are in the City of Xiwang, located on the west coast of the tiny island of Taiwan. Xiwang is Mandarin and means City of Hope.

Future City Winners!

Posted by Rezwan on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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Congratulations to Team Xiwang, (Cambrie Hickman, Rachel Fisher, Jessie Friedman and Timothy Graunke)  on winning the Arizona Future City Competition!  And a big Thank You to the team for running their city on aneutronic fuel, dubbed “HB Fuse”!

Prize Winning City, Fueled by Aneutronic Fusion

In a note from the team to Aaron Blake:

Dear Mr. Blake,
My team won the Arizona Future City competition and is going to Washington DC for nationals. Thank you for the information about your product.  It helped us win.  To win, we had to write a narrative of our city and explain all of the aspects of it. We also had to write an essay about aneutronic fusion. Then we had to make a virtual model on Sim City 4 Deluxe and make a physical model. Finally we had to present to judges. Since we made it to the top five, we had to present in front of about three hundred people.

The first attachment is the news release from Future City. There are pictures of our model and us winning. Also, there is one of my teammate Rachel presenting aneutronic fusion to a judge.

Thank you for all of your help,
Timothy Graunke

Team member Rachel Fisher explaining how aneutronic fusion will fuel the city!

Headed to Nationals

The team is now headed to Washington DC for nationals.

They will be in DC Friday Feb 17-Wednesday Feb 22.  We wish them all the best! 

Update on Feb 20:

The kids do their preliminary round presentation from 1:00 to 1:40 today.  There will be two sets of judges for 20 minutes each. Yesterday morning we unpacked the model and it shipped with minimal damage.  Yesterday afternoon the kids answered questions to about 20 sets of judges from 2 to 5pm.  The judges seemed very impressed from what I could tell.

Saturday the kids were treated to geocaching at the monuments and then a buffet lunch of macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, french fries and cookies.  They are getting very special treatment, thanks to Bentley Systems.  They are really enjoying the experience.

And today (Updated Feb 21)?  The National Finals and Special Award Ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in the Regency Ballroom (Hyatt Regency Crystal City - 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA).  The five top teams from the competing 37 regions will via for the grand prize of a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL provided by Bentley Systems, Inc.

Thank you for a stellar job!  Rock them in the Nationals!

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AaronB's avatar

The team did an awesome job putting everything together, and they presented it very well. Unfortunately I won’t be able to visit them in Washington DC after all, but I wish them the best. They have bright futures ahead of them!

Congratulations to Team Xiwang, and good luck at the nationals.


willit's avatar

I wanna live there.  will it be bi-lingual?

Awesome!! Good job! We are seeing future achievers of great things here, each of you! Really inspiring stuff. Excellent attention to detail in every aspect, from the model to the presentation.

Brian H's avatar

By the time they’re in high school, real FoFus will be being built and deployed!  So it won’t require living in a futuristic fantasy to see the benefits.

Team Xiwang didn’t win any of the prizes, but they did take home a couple of awards:

Best Indoor Environment (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)

Best Fire Protection Engineering (Society of Fire Protection Engineers)

Alas, there was no award for Best Futuristic/Most Innovative Energy Technology, or some such. The closest was Best Futuristic City (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), for “se of futuristic engineering concepts into city’s communications, energy, or transportation systems”, but that went to the team from Northern California.

Link here:

That should be “use of futuristic engineering concepts…” Apparently something went wrong when (in the interest of editorial precision) I enclosed the initial “u” in square brackets.

Thanks to you all here at Focus Fusion Society who encouraged the team.
The team really wanted to get the message out about Aneutronic Fusion. Some people at the competition did take note of our energy source, here is a blog from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers:—-articles/articles/ students/ technologies-mature-in-future-city-competition

The team is not done getting the message out.  They presented at the April Valley Forward Association quarterly luncheon, they will present to the Phoenix Society of Military Engineers and they will be presenting at the City of Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series (June 7th and open to the public).
The team will compete again next year when the topic is water, they will again use Aneutronic Fusion as their primary energy source.

The team appreciated the information and encouragement from Aaron Blake and the encouragement from Rezwan.
I’d like to personally give thanks to Peter Johnston of Burns and McDonnell who encouraged the kids to look into the work of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics.
Thanks also to Matt Graunke, a Chemical engineer at Intel, who explained Hydrogen Boron Fusion to the team.

Mary Ann Ekstrom, teacher for the team.

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