Middle school students compete in Future City competition

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The University of Tennessee hosted the Future City Tennessee Regional Finals for middle school students. Students had the chance to design innovative power grids for their future cities that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

The theme this year was "Powering Our Future."

Jason Brooks, with the Tennessee Regional Future City Competition, said, "The objective is to expose those students who participate in the competition to science, engineering, math and technology as it applies to the development of the city 100 years into the future."

24 teams of middle school students from Tennessee have created future cities in large tabletop models. They presented and defended their cities to judges at the competition.

The winning team gets an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Future City Competition National Finals in February.