Middle School Students Share Local Transit Ideas At Local Competition

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By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

Middle School Students Share Local Transit Ideas At Local Competition

January 18, 2014 Updated Jan 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Indiana middle school students share innovative city improvement ideas at Future City Competition.

tackle the Future City Challenge called,The Indiana teams presented their ideas to a panel of experts at the Indiana Future City Competition called, “Tomorrow's Transit: Design a way to move people in and around your city", at IPFW in Fort Wayne Saturday.

The annual challenge has received national attention and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle school students nationwide to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

In all, 27 teams competed to formulate innovative solutions as they design a virtual 3D map and build a futuristic city model made from recycled materials.

Participants say many teams faced more hurdles than just the challenge itself.

“The time aspect. Definitely the time aspect,” said Hale Bown a tem participant at the competition. “As you know we had a lot of school closings and we missed five days of school, and that definitely shortened our time period to work on it but I think we pulled through.”

The winning team will advance to the National Future City Finals in Washington DC next month during National Engineer’s Week.

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