Water is moving to the forefront of concern for countries around the world. In 2009, students competing in the Future City Competition were challenged to also think about water and how they could play a role in helping conserve this resource. Future City participants built cities that were well run, had strong infrastructures and had self recycling water systems for the home.
STEM Forward hosted the Wisconsin Regional Competition on January 24, 2009 at the MSOE Kern Center. Nineteen teams competed in the day long event that resulted in the city of “DiAcqua” from St. Alphonsus taking first place. The students of the DiAcqua team received an all expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete in the National Future City Competition. At the National Competition DiAqua won a special award for Most Sustainable Food Production thanks to their development of vertical gardens and use of an advanced form of Milorganite.
2009 Wisconsin Regional Future City Winners
First Place – DiAcqua, St. Alphonsus
Second Place – Jostiopher, St. Mary’s Hales Corners
Third Place – Hydropolis, Milwaukee Academy of Science
Fourth Place – Midori, Hartford Central Middle School