Students from Eagle Ridge Middle School won a special prize during the statewide Future City competition Jan. 13 at the University of New Mexico.

The team, which named its city Exquisite Estates, won the “Clean Energy” award for it use of several different types of energy used in its city: hydroelectric, kinetic, nuclear, wind and solar. The award comes with a $100 prize, and instructor Michelle Graves said the students have decided to use it for a class party.

The model of “Exquisite Estates,” from the Eagle Ridge Middle School Future City competition team. The entry wone the Clean Energy award. (Tracy Goldizen/Observer)

“This is a testament to the hard work, dedication and innovative thinking demonstrated by our students throughout the competition,” Graves said in announcing the award to parents. “I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to each and every student. Their dedication, teamwork and creative thinking truly shone during the Future City competition. I am immensely proud of their accomplishments.”

Future City is a competition for students in sixth through eighth grades where teams utilize an engineering design process and project management skills, and this year’s event marked 10 years of the competition. Each year, there is a different focus area.

“This year’s challenge was to build a city that is 100% electrically powered with energy generated from sources that keep both its citizens and the environment healthy and safe,” she said.

The competition involved writing an essay describing the city, submitting “deliverables” of the design process and presenting a model of their city and a presentation of how their city operates at the competition. A total of 25 teams participated in the Jan. 13 competition.