MARIETTA, Ga. -- Four Middle school students from St Teresa's Catholic School won a special award for the Most Sustainable Food Production System at the Georgia Regional Future City Competition. St. Teresa's Catholic School entered team "District WHALE," team "District WATER" and team "District DELACOE" into the competition.
Led by teacher sponsor Dorene Medlin and mentored by Jon Miller, students Adi Miller, Sarah Gorman, Micah Williamson with alternate Emily Pursel of team "District WHALE" earned the special award.
Teams were judged on their presentation, virtual city design, physical model, research essay and city narrative. The annual competition has received national attention and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle school students nationwide to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Forty-three schools and 144 teams competed in the Georgia regional competition, making it the largest for the Georgia region to date.
For the 2012 Georgia Regional Future City Competition, hosted on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University, student teams must choose one energy source and design a way to generate electric power for their city that does not deplete natural resources and has a limited impact on the environment.
To solve this problem student teams plan and design virtual cities using SimCity 4 software, build models with recycled materials and a budget of only $100, research and write a solution to an engineering problem, write a narrative describing their city, and present their ideas before a panel of judges.