Young energy innovators honored for their plan for Houston’s future


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:16 PM

HOUSTON—In the shadow of the sparkling towers that energy built, five young energy innovators are being honored for their plan for the future of Houston.

It is the vision of a group of ninth graders from the Village School for the Energy City of the Future in the year 2050, to be exact.

New technologies drive the plan which includes bigger buildings than ever in the city core and efficiencies all over the area.

Their winning vision was judged by today’s energy leaders and it is already impressing the city leaders of now.

”Amazing! Wonderful!” Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez told the young men.

Becoming the global hub for energy is something that takes time. Losing that status can happen very quickly without innovations like these.

Nicolas Vaporciyan is a part of the winning team. “The entire world is going forward at a pace and if we don’t keep up then we fall behind,” he said.

Experts know that it is youth that will drive that change.

“The studies show that if you lose kids in the seventh or eighth grade in the sciences, you lose them,” said David Holt of the contest sponsor, Consumer Energy Alliance.

When those students are lost they are lost for good, long before they can sound like this, “It is produced by the Tocamac! Which is a fusion reactor,” one of the students tells an interested passerby at city hall.

That is a technology not yet perfected, but may never be without kids like this.

The goal of these five young innovators is not just their education, it is yours.

“Increase the public knowledge of these technologies that are out there that could be beneficial to them in the future. Hopefully if enough of the public knows about it they will act on it,” said student Duncan Rowe.

This is after all the city of the future, at least the best they could build, from recycled materials.

“Some of these changes they do take time. Decades even,” Vaporciyan said.

Good thing they are starting now.

The kids will be showing off their plans as a part of Energy Day.

That festival with activities for children of all ages with an energy and science theme runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in Hermann Square in front of City Hall.