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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A non-profit is getting middle school students to put their creativity to the test while getting them prepared for STEM education.
Teams of middle school students from Indiana gathered at Purdue University Fort Wayne to show future cities they created in large table top models.
This year's theme is "Powering Our Future".
The goal is to design a power grid that can withstand and recover from natural disaster.
"The kids are challenged to talk about the smart grid. How do we make the smart grid resilient to disasters? Obviously that has a lot to do with science, and that has a lot to do with them thinking about the careers that impact that. When they build these models of course they have to think about scale, proportion, measurement, so there's a lot of math that goes into it," Carol Dostal, Coordinator of the Future City Competition said.
Everyone participating Saturday is competing for a spot in the national competition in Washington D.C.