NOVI — A team from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester won the 2020 Michigan Regional Competition of Future City, the science and engineering event for middle school students.

In the competition, hosted by The Engineering Society of Detroit, teams of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders design a city set at least 100 years in the future. The cities must be organized around a central principle that changes every year to keep the competition fresh.

In the 2019-20 competition, the theme was “Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow.” Teams were asked to design their city around an advanced water management system that would stand up to engineering challenges like climate change and natural disasters.

By winning the Michigan Regional, the St. John Lutheran team earns the right to compete in the national Future City competition, being held in Washington, D.C. Feb. 14-19 as part of National Engineers Week. The winner of the national competition receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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