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Maricopa Students Headed To Washington, D.C., For National Future City Competition

A group of students from Maricopa Wells Middle School in Maricopa is heading to Washington, D.C., today. They’ll be taking part in the Future City Competition National Finals, after winning the regional finals last month. The competition challenges teams of students to build a city based on a particular topic — this year’s was water.

Thirteen-year old Marley Polosky was part of the winning team, and says they worked on solutions for a city facing water challenges. In this case, the team picked Salt Lake City and then looked for ways to make it more water-resilient.

"So, we had to start with finding a reliable way in Salt Lake City to collect water," Polosky explained. "So, we chose surface water, because Salt Lake City does have lots of snow all year round. And then we started with finding a way to transport our water, which we decided on pipes. And then we treat our water using our carbon nanotubes. And then we store our water using a storage facility underneath our residential communities."

Polosky says some of what the team devised was similar to what Salt Lake City already does, while some is different. The team tested its ideas using the Sim City game.

"We tried to make all of our solutions and all of the things that we implemented in Salt Lake City, and in our future city, we try to make it realistic, as well as helping and making it futuristic. So we always think about how we can always stabilize our economy and different ways like that," she said.

Polosky says the team will do the same project in Washington as it did here. The team bested 44 others from middle schools across Arizona to make it to nationals.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.