BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck Public Schools, Mayor Mike Seminary and the state's Department of Transportation launched
a collaborative pilot program Tuesday, called Vision 2030.
The group wants to know what children would like to see in Bismarck, no matter how far-fetched, which made the lunch table gossip at Horizon Middle School a little different.
“We're asking them to be very creative and tell us what they think their future looks like,” said Tom Sorel, North Dakota Department of Transportation director.
“I feel like delivery companies will have taken over. I don't think malls and things like that will exist,” said Trevor Anderson, sixth grader.
Vision 2030 motivates student creativity and encourages them to look at their community in new ways.
“It's really about starting a process of engaging and involving stakeholders at some of the youngest ages that are already very smart when it comes to technologies, scary smart,” said Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary.
The sixth graders are quite conscious of real-life issues that come with industrialization.
“Probably the cars will change. Instead of polluting the air and running on gas, they could use batteries and not pollute the air, help wildlife,” said Adan Portscheller, sixth grader.
“I think flying will be the new way to get around,” said Anderson.
“Cars probably still will exist because if you have drones fly you everywhere, what will happen to all of the people who, like bus drivers, taxi services, what's going to happen to those people? They'll lose their jobs,” said Tatum Spadgenske, sixth grader.
The Vision 2030 pilot project is ten weeks long and there will be a competition in April concluding the program.
Program details and a website are coming soon.