“What we hope to take away from today is to win!” said Marcos Santa-Cruz, a middle school student from St. Hugh Catholic School. His takeaway came true as his team took first place at South Florida’s Future City Competition, which was hosted by FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing.

Future City is a nationwide competition where middle school students imagine, research, design and build cities of the future that solve a sustainability issue.

With the theme of “Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow,” eight middle school teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties designed a virtual city, wrote a 1,500-word essay and built a scale model from recycled materials showing how their future city’s resilient system can potentially maintain and provide a reliable supply of clean drinking water to its residents.

From script writing to painting, art and engineering blended and inspired creativity in the innovators of tomorrow.

Read more at FIU News.