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The team’s project, NOVIS, nearly swept all categories, coming in first place with their essay, model, and presentation, and tied for first place in the Q & A. They also won two special awards, including Most Innovative Lunar Feature and Great Engineering Feats.

Started in 1992, Future City is a national competition that challenges students to showcase their engineering solution to a citywide sustainability issue. The 2020-2021 theme is Living on the Moon. Teams were tasked to design a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy.

Wood Dale Junior High School has competed in the event for the last six years, placing in the top five four times.  It should come as no surprise that 2021 proved to be challenging with the pandemic, but the team rallied and completed all portions of the project in six months while adhering to safety protocols.

The National / International Finals will be conducted remotely and will feature over 40 teams from around the United States and beyond, vying for the top prize.

"I couldn't be more proud of this team and all the hard work they've accomplished this year," said Dan West, STEM Engineering Teacher and Team Leader. "I know they'll do their best to represent the wonderful State of Illinois and the great city of Wood Dale, the place they call home."