Gifted Future City Elective

hereThree teams made up of seventh grade gifted students who are enrolled in the "Future City" elective for gifted students, travelled to Auburn University on Friday to compete in the Alabama Regional Future City Competition on Saturday, January 29th where teams showcased their cities with model displays & Q&A sessions (live and virtual) with experts from various fields. While awaiting award announcements, the group decided to seize the opportunity to join in the celebrations of an Auburn Men's Basketball win at Toomer’s.  We’re thrilled to share that DMS came home with 4 awards.


  • Team "Cittá D’acqua" was awarded the “Alabama People’s Choice” award presented by the Alabama Modeling and Simulations Council as well as the “Outstanding Project Plan” award presented by the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation.
  • Team "Rèvèr" received the “Outstanding Use of Circular Economy” award presented by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Team "Wasserinsel " was awarded the “Best Use of Robotics and Unmanned Systems” award presented by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Pathfinder Chapter.

Each of the awards was presented with a $150 check.

About Future City:

Future City is a project-based class/competition where students imagine, research, design and create cities of the future.  Students spend the semester creating cities that exist at least 100 years in the future and represent the team’s solution to a citywide sustainability issue.   The 2021-2022 Future City challenge is to: Design a waste-free city that uses the principles of a circular economy. The competition is made up of five project deliverables.  During the class, students use the engineering design process as a framework to guide students through the creation of their cities. Within this framework, students apply specific project management methods to keep their projects on track. This  structure gives students a real-world learning experience they can apply to future challenges in school, work and life. 

Prior to the competition, student-teams submitted four of their five project deliverables to be judged by experts in the field.  At Saturday's competition  teams showcased city models and were judged on their final deliverable (Q&A).  

View our competition photos here.

Learn more about our Gifted Elective here.