EMILY: Future Cities is a nationwide contest where kids like me get to create a cool city of the future from our own imagination. We designed it on the computer and then we built an entire model.
I'm Emily, and some of my best friends and I are building a futuristic city called Mutombo, that we designed from the ground up to help solve an energy crisis in Africa. We're working together, just like a team of engineers.
BOY: Um, we should probably measure it.
EMILY: We have four real engineers that are working with us on our city. We call them our engineer mentors.
MAN: We'll have one of those pieces in here.
EMILY: The structural engineers help us actually build the city.
MAN: So, we want to have some space around the high-rise, right? I think we, uh, indicated about 11 x 11.
BOY: Yeah, it's about that.
MAN: Okay, so that gives us room to put the building in and put things around the building itself.
EMILY: It's fun to work with them, because they help us use real engineering in our own city.
MAN: I think that's going to be really cool.
BOY: We've been working two weeks. I think it's going to be really nice. We have a lot of good, like, futuristic-looking buildings.
EMILY: Solar power is when energy from the sun is converted into electricity. Our skyscraper is coated with panels that turn energy from the sun into electricity and power the building.
BOY: We making our... Hydro-railers... Our Hydro-railers, the cars for our city. They run on a rail. They're powered by hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells. That's why they're our Hydro-railers. They look cool.
EMILY: All the sources of energy in Mutombo-- the wind, the water, and the sun-- are collected, stored and distributed in our power grid. It's collected here, in the tower, stored here in the storage facility, and distributed where and when it's needed throughout the city from the distribution center.
EMILY: Now we're putting the finishing touches on the city and starting to lay out where all the buildings will go on the model. We're done. Here it is, Mutombo.
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