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Jun 17

Laurel School fourth-graders design sustainable cities

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 5:44 pm by Clay Curtin

Recently, staff from the City’s Sustainability Division had a nice chat with fourth-graders at Laurel School about their project “Geometrocity” and discussed a bit about their work at the City of Menlo Park. The class is working in four teams to design “Geometrocity,” a city inclusive of climate change and urbanization issues, including denser and affordable housing. Common themes from the designs were electric vehicles, solar and wind infrastructure, public transit, mixed-use buildings, rooftop gardens and livable/walkable spaces. 

The groups first focused on designing cities based on needs and then added a few items for fun, including a strong desire for a frozen yogurt store. From their 2D design, the teams will apply math concepts and use building supplies (Legos) to construct model cities over the coming weeks. 

For more information about Menlo Park’s strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, please visit the Climate Action Plan webpage.

Laurel School fourth-graders design sustainable cities