Middle school students from Morganton Day School competed in the State Future City Competition on Jan. 31 at North Carolina State University.

Future City is a cross-cultural program that allows students in the middle grades to experience the engineering process: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results.

The program is part of DiscoverE, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. The competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students imagine, design, and build cities of the future.

Two of the four teams from the school received awards for their outstanding accomplishments.

Team Enerfficient, led by teachers, Britta Gramer and Brad Kendall, received fourth place overall and won the “Best Waste Recovery” award.

Team FrostCano, led by Curriculum Coordinator Treesie Cape, won the “Best City Description Essay” award.

Team Metrado was led by teacher Sarah Sawdy and Team Coconut Sands was led by teacher, Andrew Field.

The students earned $700 in prize money that will be invested back into the middle school STEAM program at MDS.

Seventh- and eighth-grade team members were: T. Lineberger, J. Collett, L. O’Hagan, M.M. Collett, G. Brazinski, S. Buff, G. Priest, J. Maksoud, F. Maksoud, G. Maksoud.

Fifth- and sixth-grade team members were S. Breiter, M. Lowry, V. Talbert, A. Frasca, E. Deacon, A.Curtis, and E. Scott.

The program currently serves more than 40,000 students annually throughout the United States and abroad and serves to increase motivation and excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math.

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