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Norwell Middle School wins 28th Annual Future City Competition

A city of the future, Yemoja, engineered by students from Norwell Middle School in Ossian, Indiana won the Grand Prize Tuesday at the 2020 Future City Competition.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 4:11 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2020 4:59 PM

WASHINGTON (WFFT) — A city of the future, Yemoja, engineered by students from Norwell Middle School in Ossian, Indiana won the Grand Prize Tuesday at the 2020 Future City Competition.

The students, Jordyn Xayyachack, Teagan Lesley, Madeline McCabe, Nevada Lenwell, Morgan Batdorff, Connor Reed, Cassandra Coyne, Eli Randol and Lukas Mashuda, teamed with educators Bill Bostain, Stephanie Scott and Bonnie Dickey as well as volunteer mentor Albert Bostain, to earn this year’s top honors.

Norwell Middle School wins Future City 2020 competition

Norwell Middle School wins Future City 2020 competition

Norwell Middle School wins Future City 2020 competition

The Future City Finals, which ended Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, is one of the showcase events taking place during Engineers Week.

“I felt really calm coming here, because I was very happy to just have made it to finals,” Norwell student Jordyn Xayyachack said.

Madeline McCabe said, when “we heard them start to call out the fifth and fourth place teams, I was waiting for that to be us, I never dreamed we’d be first, Indiana has never placed in the top five.”

Teagan Lesley agrees – “I never ever expected us to get first place! I couldn’t even speak. It’s amazing because our school is small and the middle of nowhere and not only that, Indiana has been in the competition for 19 years and has never placed in the top five!”

Since last fall, more than 45,000 middle school students from 1,500 schools in more than 40 U.S. regions, as well as teams from Canada and China, have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2019-2020 Future City Competition.

This year’s theme, Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow, challenged students to identify an urban water system threat and develop a futuristic solution to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

Norwell Middle School takes home the Grand Prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for its school’s STEM program.

Their city’s solution is based on the model the team researched, developed and presented.

The Future City Competition is a project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, research, design and build cities of the future.

For more information about Future City and volunteer opportunities, visit their website.

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