Middle school students to compete Saturday at Indiana Future City Regional Competition

Staff Writer

    Middle school students will compete in teams Saturday at the 19th Indiana Future City Regional Competition to demonstrate why engineering and technology are so important in the pursuit of clean water. The winning team will represent Indiana at national finals later this year.
    Teams from across the country were challenged earlier in the school year to choose a threat to their city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain sanitation and reliability. The results will be viewed and discussed by the public from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the presentation.
    According to Carol Dostal, outreach director of the Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science, “We support the educators and mentors for their dedicated semester-long guidance of their teams. This project-based effort sparks student interest in STEM disciplines at a critical point in their education when they are considering their future careers.
    Leading initiatives that focus on the importance of STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is a significant point of emphasis for Purdue Fort Wayne. Each year, Future City highlights a specific problem facing cities today for teams to explore. Regional participants come from 10 schools and one STEM youth organization for this year’s event.