Team Nova Zitra seeks a new tomorrow at the national Future City competition
US3 Students Otto D., Mina E-U, and Olivia G. represented as Southern California Regional Champions and took on 42 regional champions from across the United States, with International competition from Canada, China, and Egypt at the 2017 Future City Finals in Washington DC.
Though they did not come away with a win, qualifying as one of the teams selected to compete at the national level of the tournament was a stellar accomplishment all on its own. "Future City wasn't a school wide effort – it was intimate and personal. Since it was just the three of us and Mr. Flagg, we all had to work really hard to do as much work as some of the other teams (who had up to 29 people!). I think the best part of the whole thing was that ecstatic jubilation right after our name was announced as the winner at Regionals – all of that hard work we had put in had really paid off," said Mina E.-U.
Future City is a STEM competition where middle school students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. This year's theme was "The Power of Public Space", and our Mirman team created the futuristic "Nova Zitra" (or "new tomorrow") as their city.
"The future city competition was a great experience the competition itself opened my eyes into the intense work that goes into creating a city. Managing a city is a lot of work and the research and processes in which we created the city with, turned on a part of myself that I haven't experienced using before," shared Otto D.
"It was honestly an amazing experience to do future city," echoed Olivia G. "We had the chance to fully experience the design process and commit to an idea that we would bring to life."
Team Nova Zitra were extremely happy to be counted among the best of the best in the nation! Our students vow to return next season to build on all that they've learned.