Rochester— St. John Lutheran School is the national champion of the Future City competition held today in Washington, D.C.
The school’s winning team also won the People’s Choice Award, which includes $7,500 and a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., from Bentley Systems. It is the first time a Michigan team has won the national competition.
St. John has won the Michigan title four consecutive years.
The regional competition was Jan. 27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. St. John school was one of 23 teams competing for Best City of the Future.
The Michigan Regional Future City Competition, organized and administered by the Engineering Society of Detroit, is a STEM-based competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Their challenge is to envision a city 150-plus years into the future in which they would like to live.
St. John’s winning Future City theme was “Tomorrow’s Transit-Design A Way to Move People In And Around Your City.” The team built a city in the year 2164 called Gongpin, on the Li River in the Guangxi region of mountainous south-central China.
To ensure a better transportation system for the city’s residents, the students created FAIR transport (Flexible, Accessible, Integrated and Renewable). FAIR links all modes of transportation, including personal vehicles, mass transit and cargo systems at subhubs, and is accessible through a holographic, voice-activated communication system.