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Novi — Several hundred middle school students from 22 schools competed Monday in an event aimed at boosting math and science skills by applying them to real-world urban issues.

Teams in the Michigan Regional Future City competition, sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit, designed and constructed cities set 150 years from now.

The competition’s theme was “Feeding Future Cities,” and teams were challenged to choose one vegetable and one protein product and demonstrate how they would grow enough of each within the city’s borders to feed the population.

For the fifth straight year, St. John Lutheran School in Rochester won the competition, advancing to the Future City national finals Feb. 15-21 in Washington. The school also is receiving $500 toward its science programs.

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