Middle School Students From the U.S., Canada, China and Nigeria Celebrate Their Innovative Engineering Solutions at First Ever Virtual Future City® Competition Finals

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Release Date: 

March 15th, 2021

The dream of living on the Moon has inspired humanity for eons. Artists, writers, scientists, engineers, futurists and many others have vividly imagined what a thriving city on the lunar surface might look like.  

Since last fall, middle school students in 37 US regions as well as teams in China, Canada and Nigeria have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2020-2021 DiscoverE’s Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Living on the Moon, challenges students to design life on the moon at least one hundred years from now, when lunar habitats have already progressed through multiple levels of development. 

What started as a collection of lunar landers expanded into an outpost, then a village and is now a city. Future City challenges teams to build on this history, describe the city’s location, share its innovative features and provide examples of how the city uses the Moon’s unique resources to create a place where humans can live, work and thrive. 

In January and February, each region held qualifying competitions to select which teams would compete at the Future ttps://vote.futurecity.org/ City Finals. In early March, teams virtually connected with STEM professionals around the globe and answered questions about their cities. Tune into the Future City Awards Celebration on Wednesday, April 7 at 1 pm EST to meet the teams and find out who earns top honors. One team will take home the grand prize of a trip to the U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for their school’s STEM program (provided by Finals sponsor Bentley Systems). Watch live at futurecity.org, or on Facebook.

For the first time ever, the general public can help choose the winner of all the People’s Choice Award. Visit https://vote.futurecity.org/ from March 15 through April 2 to see all the teams and cast a vote for your favorite. Tune into the Awards Celebration on April 7 to see who wins! 

Working as a team with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a 1,500 word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); a project plan to help keep their project on track; a short video presentation, and a live, online Q&A session with a panel of technical judges. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?  

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including team mentors, virtual competition judges, and regional coordinators. For more information about Future City and volunteer opportunities, visit futurecity.org

One of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and among the most popular, Future City has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2017 Future City received a prestigious national award as a leading engineering education program, as it was recognized by US2020 and co-founding sponsors Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services for its achievements and innovations in STEM education and its accessibility to underrepresented youth. 

In 2016, the Future City Competition received the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction, presented by Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum.  

In 2015, Future City was named the grand prize winner in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program and received a $100,000 award. The UL award highlights the essential, urgent and significant value of E-STEM education.  

Major funding for DiscoverE’s Future City Competition comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, Shell Oil Company and PMIEF. Additional program support provided by UEF, the Pentair Foundation and NASA. 

About DiscoverE 

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org


Future City Competition - National:

Carina Sayles

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(212) 725-5200 ext. 210



Raffaella Mazzella

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(914) 310-9661



Aimee Miller

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(212) 725-5200 ext. 122



                                                                    2020 - 2021 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION REGIONAL WINNERS



School: Central School

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Future City Name: Zarathustra Complex 



School: Esmond Station 

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Future City Name: Selene 


Canada (PEI)

School: Rothesay Netherwood  

Hometown: Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Future City Name: Gravity Falls 


California (Northern)

School: Stratford School, Sunnyvale Raynor 

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Future City Name: Moon Base Gamma 


California (Southern)

School: Bernardo Heights Middle School 

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Future City Name: Urbs Maxima 


China (Chengdu) 

School: Jinjiang Campus of Chengdu Jiaxiang 

Hometown: Chenghu, China

Future City Name: Moon Palace 


China (Shanghai) 

School: Shanghai Wanlicheng Experimental School 

Hometown: Shanghai China

Future City Name: Wanli Star City 


China (Shenzhen) 

School: Shenzhen Longhua Minzhi 

Hometown: Shenzhen, China 

Future City Name:  Eggshell City 



School: Colorado Academy 

Hometown: Denver, CO

Future City Name: Mangata Subexo 


Florida (South)

School: St. Hugh Catholic School 

Hometown: Miami, FL

Future City Name: Luna-Lumos 


Florida (Tampa Bay)

School: Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School Center for Gifted Studies 

Hometown: Largo, FL 

Future City Name: Selene 



School: Fulton Science Academy Private School 

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA 

Future City Name: Lunark 


Great Plains

School: West Middle School 

Hometown: Lawrence, KS 

Future City Name: Novaturia 



School: Taft Middle School 

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA 

Future City Name: Lunar Domum 



School: Heritage Middle School 

Hometown: Meridian, ID

Future City Name: Selene 



School: Wood Dale Jr. High 

Hometown: Wood Dale, IL 

Future City Name: Novis 



School: Norwell Middle School 

Hometown: Ossian, IN

Future City Name: Crateris 



School: East Oldham Middle School 

Hometown: Oldham County, KY

Future City Name: Alpha Zenith 



School: St. John Lutheran School 

Hometown: Rochester, MI

Future City Name: Getaway Station Armstrong (GSA) 



School: Capitol Hill Day School 

Hometown: Washington, D.C. 

Future City Name: Mahina 



School: Roseville Area Middle School 

Hometown: Canada, MN

Future City Name: Skyward City 



School: St. Clair R-XIII School District 

Hometown: St. Clair, MO

Future City Name: Altera Domi 


North Dakota

School: South Heart Public School 

Hometown: South Heart, ND

Future City Name: Jherico



School: Lux Middle School 

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Future City Name: LUX 


New England

School: Birchland Park Middle School 

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

Future City Name: Lunar City 


New Jersey 

School: JerseySTEM

Hometown: Summit, NJ

Future City Name: Helianthus 


New Mexico

School: Annunciation Catholic School 

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Future City Name: Callisto 


New York (Albany) 

School: Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School

Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY

Future City Name: Spartemis City 


New York (City)

School: NIA IS 239 

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Future City Name: Luna Oppidum 


New York (Western)

School: Mill Middle School 

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Future City Name: Polaris 



School: Junior Secondary School Area 10 

Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria 

Future City Name: Crystallite Lunar City 



School: Remote Learning Academy 

Hometown: Akron, OH

Future City Name: V.E.C.T.O.R.



School: Sequoyah Middle School

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Future City Name: Copernicus 


Pennsylvania (Central)

School: Warwick Middle School 

Hometown: Lititz, PA

Future City Name: A1-Choros 


Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) 

School: Saint Hilary School 

Hometown: Rydal, PA

Future City Name: Eclipse’s Edge 


Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

School: The Ellis School 

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Future City Name: Jaye Khoob 


South Carolina

School: McCracken Middle School 

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

Future City Name: Eagleton 



School: Annoor Academy of Knoxville

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Future City Name: Altaluna 


Texas (Houston)

School: Al-Hadi School 

Hometown: Houston, TX

Future City Name: SIDRA-XIV


Texas (North)

School: West Ridge Middle School 

Hometown: Austin, TX

Future City Name: Luna Station Vulcan 



School: Bellingham Homeschoolers

Hometown: Bellingham, WA

Future City Name: Mizari Andalli 



School: Glen Hills Middle School 

Hometown: Glendale, WI

Future City Name: Newmoon City