Students from 92130’s Solana Ranch Elementary School recently competed in the Future City Southern California Regional Finals at Grossmont College in January. Future City is a project-based learning program where sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. This year’s theme was “Powering the Future,” challenging students to design an innovative power grid for a future city that could withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

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Two teams of 10 to 15 sixth grade students from Solana Ranch participated in the competition. They spent four months collaborating on design ideas, building materials, and key components of their city to prepare. “Students had a blast expressing their creativity and problem-solving skills,” said STREAM TOSA Roderick Gayta. “They came away with some lifelong lessons around grit, perseverance, dedication, and resilience.” Learn more at www.futurecity.org.