Center faculty college students in Albuquerque obtain nationwide recognition for making a sustainable lunar metropolis

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – How can we make the world a better place? A group of middle school students in Albuquerque said they had the answer: a fully sustainable city for the future that will earn them national praise.

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A communal atrium, hydroponic growth chambers and a ski slope are just a few features of Callisto, a sustainable city on the moon 100 years in the future. Five seventh graders from the Catholic Preaching School completed it in eight months.

They took a trip to the local recycling facility for old tubes, toys, pill bottles and more. “At first I thought it was too much work,” said student James Martinez. “I didn’t know if I wanted to continue. As I got involved more and more, I liked it more and more and more work becomes less because you learn more. ”

Students usually spend their free time doing sports like basketball or soccer, which are gone for most of the year thanks to COVID. The project gave them something to look forward to. “It really meant a lot to me because we didn’t have any sports or extra activities outside of school,” said Martinez. “It made me feel connected to our friends.”

Your project won regional awards in the Future City competition and stood up to more than 30 other New Mexico teams. Now they are national finalists. Team mentor Marina Marsh said the project made it clear to students that they can do more. “I know a lot of people think it’s been a lost year, but I think these guys have found confidence in the academics and I wouldn’t change anything for that.”

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