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Middle School Students Compete in “Powering our Future” 2019 Future City Competition

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students throughout Ohio participated in the State DiscoverE’s Future City Competition Saturday, Jan. 12, at Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School in Groveport.

The Ohio region winning team, Heritage Middle School (Westerville), will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national competition during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23. Heritage Middle School also won Best Use of Ceramics. Batavia Middle School (Batavia), which placed second in the regional competition, also won the Best Architectural Model.

Teams from 15 middle schools throughout the state researched technologies, designed cities, presented plans and models and wrote 1,500-word essays. The teams competed for awards in a variety of categories including: infrastructure, recreation, transportation, energy, use of recycled materials, ceramics, land surveying practices, rookie of the year and people’s choice. The Ohio regional competition is sponsored in part by PPG, AEP, Commonwealth Associates, Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering, Ohio EPA, IBI Group, YesPress Graphics and Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School.

Rounding out the top five winners were: Cardinal Middle School (Middlefield), third place, also won Best Moving Part; Indian Hill Middle School (Cincinnati), fourth place, also won Best Use of Water Resources Engineering; St. Ambrose Middle School (Brunswick), fifth place, also won Honorable Mention for Best Moving Part.

Ohio EPA sponsored two categories. Indian Hill Middle School won the Best Use of Water Resources Engineering category. Teams selected appropriate drinking water sources, treatment technologies, collection and distribution systems and disposal locations. The strategic location of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, use of water conservation strategies and efforts to protect water sources also were considered in the scoring. Old Trail Middle School (Bath) won the Most Environmentally Friendly category. In this category, teams planned for handling outflows from industrial, commercial and residential waste streams along with recycling strategies, advanced energy plants, treatment techniques and efforts to keep effluent streams away from residential areas.

The Future City Competition is a national, not-for-profit education program. Across the country, more than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools typically participate in the competition nationwide. For more information contact Future City Ohio at www.futurecity.org/ohio.

What began in 1992 as a model project to encourage math and science skills, and lay a foundation for engineering careers, has become the nation’s largest engineering education program.

The Future City Competition introduces students to different engineering fields, such as civil, electrical, chemical, agricultural, biomedical, mechanical, computer software and hardware engineering. Competing also gives students a chance to improve writing, public speaking, teamwork, time management and problem-solving skills while developing new computer skills. Above all, Future City enables students to turn their visions of the future into simulated reality.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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