On Saturday, January 16th, 53 middle school teams from 20 Wisconsin schools participated in the 2016 Future City Wisconsin Regional Competition held at MSOE's Kern Center.  This competition sponsored by STEM Forward and National Engineers Week introduces middle school students to engineering while they create a city of the future.  Teams created a virtual city using SimCity software and wrote a 1,500 word city description on this year's challenge, Waste Not, Want Not, designing an innovative citywide solid waste management system that is safe, environmentally sound, and energy efficient.  They also built a to-scale model of their city using recycled materials and gave a 5-7 minute presentation to a panel of STEM professionals.

Over 150 volunteers donated their time as judges throughout the competition to help select the winner plus a handful of additional volunteers who acted as mentors for teams.  This year's winner Kai Aupuni from Saint Alphonsus Catholic School will receive a trip to Washington D.C. on February 13-17, to compete against 35 other Regional Winners from across the United States.  We wish them the best of luck as they represent Wisconsin.

Special Awards:

  • Most Sustainable Food Production System, sponsored by ASABE
          "Bubble City" - Longfellow Middle School
  • Most Futuristic City, sponsored by ASQ
          "Kings City" - Oliver Wendell Holmes School
  • Best Land Surveying Practices, sponsored by NCESS
          "Oddmens Oxen" - Forest Park Middle School
  • Roger Tamsen Memorial Award Best Knowledge of Plastics, sponsored by SPE
          "Cityopolis" - Waukesha STEM Academy
  • Roger Tamsen Memorial Award Best Use of Plastics, sponsored by SPE
          "Citta di Vita" - St. Sebastian School
  • Best Power System, sponsored by IEEE
          "Sol" - Longfellow Middle School
  • Project Planning Award, sponsored by PMI Southern Chapter
          "New Kolkata" - Forest Park Middle School
  • Best Use of Recreational Space, sponsored by ASCE-YMG
          "Urgangerain" - Fernwood Montessori
  • Best Use of Recycled Materials, sponsored by SWE
          "Starlight Middle School" - Longfellow Middle School
  • Greenest Transportation System, sponsored by Women's Transportation Seminar
          "Rural Revival" - Forest Park Middle School
  • Best Transportation System, sponsored by ITE
          "Bright Shore" - Waukesha STEM Academy
  • Best Waste Management & Recycling, sponsored by American Public Work Association - Wisconsin
          "Rural Revival" - Forest Park Middle School
  • Best Drinking Water System, sponsored by Wisconsin Water Association
          "Aquarius" - Waukesha STEM Academy
  • Rookie of the Year, sponsored by STEM Forward
          "IKE Coast" - New Berlin Eisenhower
  • Peer Award, sponsored by Clark Wantoch
          "Argonia"  - Longfellow Middle School
  • Exemplary Model Award, sponsored by ASCE
          "New Kolkata" - Forest Park Middle School
          "Kings City" - Oliver Wendell Holmes School
          "Malinis Lugar" - St. Alphonsus School
          "Terengatopia" - Divine Mercy