Local school wins nation's largest middle school engineering competition

(WXYZ) - A local school has taken home top honors in Future City, the nation's largest and most prestigious middle school engineering competition.

A team of three teenagers from St. John Lutheran School from Rochester competed against 36 other teams from around the country to invent a city of the future that could stand up to the most stringent engineering challenges. 

Rebecca Oleskie, 14, Justin Judd, 13,  and Paul Rosa, 13, teamed up with their teacher, Jon Pfund and a mentor from General Motors, Linda Gerhardt, to tackle this year's challenge of the Future City competition: Tomorrow's Transit: Design A Way To Move People In And Around Your City. 

The school's transportation solution was based on a model the team researched and developed called FAIR. It stands for Flexible, Accessible, Integrated and Renewable. 

The winners take home the grand prize which includes a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for their school's STEM program. 


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