Students standing with projects
Developing Innovative Thinkers

            Merriwether Middle School students competed in their first ever Future City Competition. Future City is a project-based learning approach that connects students to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) while they attempt to solve real-world problems.

            The competition is for students in grades 6-8. The competition theme/challenge for this year was Powering the Future. Students had to design their city with a resilient power grid. They chose a natural disaster to focus on and then determined how their power grid would be resilient or be able to be restored quickly. 

            MMS had two teams to compete; a 6/7 grade team (Clearwater) and an 8th grade team (Unifrix). These students gave up their time after school to willingly work on this project. Their hard work did not go unnoticed; The City of Clearwater won a Judge's Award for Innovative Solution to Powering Facilities. “We developed an environmental friendly way to use human waste to power our city,” giggled Hailey Walker (7th grade).  

          Future City is one way that MMS is developing world class citizens. Marissa Wetzel (7th grade) shared, “Working on the project was fun. It was stressful, but I made new friends and learned more about being part of a team.”


Left to Right: Top: Ms. Amber Bryan, Landon Barden, Hailey Walker, Ariel Zahner, Taylor Talavera, and Mr. Harris Eldridge. Left to Right: Bottom: Mr. Harris Eldridge, Ryan Lowe, Alyssa Borders, Palmer McCay, Juliana Guest, Sidney Parr, and Amber Bryan.

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