STEM Forward hosted over sixty teams from 19 different schools on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the MSOE Kern Center for the 19th Annual Wisconsin Regional Future City competition. Students presented clever solutions to this year's challenge: provide a reliable and effective health care product or system that will improve the quality of life and care of those who are ill, injured, or handicapped. Students showcased innovative ideas such as implanted blood-glucose monitors and nanomedicine that aid in human tissue regrowth and destroy cancerous tumors.
The city "Lebenstadt" from students Thomas Chelius, Emily Chmielewski, and Elizabeth Bertacchini of St. Mary's Hales Corners won first place with their medical system the iPanc, which monitors and regulates insulin for those suffering from type I diabetes. They will advance to the National Future City Competition Finals in Washington D.C. during Engineers' Week, February 18-24, 2011 where they will compete for the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
Coming in second place was "Neo Genesis" from St. Alphonsus, in third place was "Seniores Civitatis" from Tippecanoe, and in fourth was "Schwebenstadt" from Mount Calvary Lutheran. Congratulations to all the winners, special awards winners, and all who participated!