Feeding growing urban populations with diminishing resources is the focus for a national challenge which has students solve global problems for competition.
Middle schools from San Diego County will send competitors to the annual Future City Competition in Los Angeles this January. Similar competitions will be held across the nation, culimnating in finals in February. More than 4,000 students will compete in the national finals.
The preparation for the competition involves studying global trends and forecasts.
The problem presented for the students to sole is the prediction by some experts that by 2030 nearly all the population growth of the world will be in urban areas. Meantime, the land required to sustain those populations may no longer be sufficient to produce food.
Students are working with engineers studying agriculture. They are examining roof top farms and recycled gray water and crop growing within cities as well as farm to table sustainable agriculture.