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EMMAN captures accolades for HFS students

February 23, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Creatively combining their initials to name their entry into the 2012 National Engineers Week Future City Competition, a team of five Holy Family eighth grade students managed to make a little history with their science project.

EMMAN, an Environmentally Maneuverable Motioned Aquatic Nation, was the creation of Evan Leek, Matthew Holsinger, Nick Braydich, Michael Myers, and Andrew Brockway, who, working under the direction of HFS eighth grade Science teacher, Charlotte Eskay, worked as a team to create what they were told was the first ever floating city in the competition. "We thought it would be a good idea to expand the world," said Leek.

According to its website, the Future City Competition ran from September 2011, through February, 2012, and included 37 regional competitions in January, with Ohio's amongst them. Overall, more than 35,000 students from 1,300 middle schools participated nationwide.

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As the creators of EMMAN, Holy Family School eighth grade students Evan Leek, Matthew Holsinger, Nick Braydich, Michael Myers, and Andrew Brockway, participated in the 14th annual National Engineers Week Future City Competition, where their floating city earned them the Best Use of Recycled Materials, First Place, and Best Use of Energy, Honorable Mention.

With this year's essay topic set as "Fuel Your Future," student participants were asked to choose one energy source and design a way to generate electric power for their city that would have limited impact on the environment and would not deplete natural resources.

Utilizing SimCity 4 software and operating on a $100 budget, the competition criteria was for participants to plan, design, and build a physical model of their virtual city using recycled materials on a $100 budget, compose a research essay, as well as a narrative describing their city, and finally, present their ideas before a panel of judges.

"They did an excellent job of researching," said Eskay, who went on to say that the students had touched upon different energy sources in class, however, not on the engineering part of it.

Sharing that working with specific deadlines, the team began working on their project in October after school, meeting once or twice a week at first and then more frequently as the competition neared, Eskay said they recently traveled to Columbus State University for the event, where they competed amongst 22 teams.

Braydich said his favorite part of the experience was building the model and making it come to life, while Eskay added that the team had included a solar powered moving part, which as luck would have it sprung to life when the sun made an appearance just prior to the competition.

While EMMAN earned the Holy Family Team Best Use of Recycled Materials, First Place, and Best Use of Energy, Honorable Mention, "Even if they don't win something, they learn so much from the whole process," said Eskay of the opportunity to participate in the competition.

Additional information on the National Engineers Week Future City Competition can be found at



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