Middle school students design cities of the future, compete at PFW

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Some of Indiana’s brightest young minds presented their visions of the future Saturday as part of a regional competition.

17 teams of middle school students from across the state created future cities in large tabletop models to present at the DiscoverE’s Future City Competition at Purdue Fort Wayne University. The program asks students to design and build cities of the future to solve a sustainability issue.

The theme for the competition this year was “Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow.”

Students presented and defended their designs to a panel of judges Saturday.

Norwell Middle School took home the first place price. They will receive an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Future City Competition National Finals in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17-19.

Fort Wayne’s Blackhawk and Jefferson Middle schools came in second and third place.

Watch the video above to see an eighth grade student from Norwell Middle School describe the city her group put together.

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