Future City Michigan Regional 2016: A Photo Gallery

SOUTHFIELD — More than 450 middle schoolers spent Monday at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi competing in the 2016 Michigan Regional Future City Competition.

St. John Lutheran School of Rochester won a sixth straight state title, but there was plenty of competition in this fun event, which asks sixth, seventh and eighth graders to design and build a model of a city set at least 100 years in the future.

Here’s a photo gallery from the Monday’s regional.

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Teams started arriving at the Suburban Collection Showplace with their model cities before 8 a.m.
Southfield's University Prep is ready to compete early Monday.
Southfield’s University Prep is ready to compete early Monday.
ESD staff helps volunteer engineer judges get oriented.
ESD staff helps volunteer engineer judges get oriented.

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The eventual state champs from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester before Monday's competition began.
The eventual state champs from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester before Monday’s competition began.
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Dearborn’s new middle school level Center for Math, Science and Technology was a new Future City entrant this year.
judges get an orientatoin session bright and early Monday.
judges get an orientatoin session bright and early Monday.

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One of two teams that made it to Future City all the way from Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.
One of two teams that made it to Future City all the way from Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.
At 9 a.m., the mass judging of Future Cities begins.
At 9 a.m., the mass judging of Future Cities begins.

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Eventual third place finishers St. Valentine School of Redford Township impresses the judges.
Eventual third place finishers St. Valentine School of Redford Township impresses the judges.

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St. John Lutheran makes its (eventually successful) bid for a sixth straight state crown.
St. John Lutheran makes its (eventually successful) bid for a sixth straight state crown.

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There wasn't a best costume award. This young man won it anyway.
There wasn’t a best costume award. This young man won it anyway.

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In the exhibit hall of the Suburban Collection Showplace, the Michigan Science Center provided fun science activities for Future City team members who weren’t involved in the presentation judging. Here, kids explore the wave effects of a struck tuning fork in water.

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I don’t quite know what these guys are doing, but one of them seems to like it quite a lot.
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Did you know potatoes generate a small amount of electricity?

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Here, students experiment with different wind generator blade designs to get the most power out of a given amount of wind.

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Robert Magee, executive director of The Engineering Society of Detroit, kicks off the finals portion of the program Monday afternoon.

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Staff from AV Squared of Brighton performed flawlessly, bringing engaging video and fun music to the Future City finals.

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WDIV TV 4 chief meteorologist Andrew Humphrey graciously volunteered to be Future City Finals master of ceremonies for the second straight year.
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St. Valentine School of Redford Township kicks off the finals as the first of five presenters.

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Up next: Crescent Academy International of Canton Township.

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In third spot: Patrick Henry Middle School of Woodhaven.

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Presenting fourth: St. John Lutheran School of Rochester.

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The day’s final presentation came from Grand Blanc West Middle School.

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Tara Hardy, education outreach coordinator of Detroit Public Television, spoke at the event about the digital badges students received for participation in Future City.

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Some of the special award recipients that were really special.

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Accepting the fifth place trophy, Patrick Henry Middle School of Woodhaven.
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In fourth spot, Grand Blanc West Middle School.
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Finishing third, St. Valentine School of Redford.
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In second place, Crescent Academy International of Canton Township.
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And in first place, the whole team from St. John Lutheran of Rochester.

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