GLENDALE — Five students from Glen Hills Middle School are working to tackle climate change through a unique model.
Julianna Franklin, Layla Caples, Taylor Abbot, Nyla Deans and Maddy Cook brainstormed what a waste-free city would look like for the Future City regional competition.
They named their model "Greendale City" and imagined it floating over the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The city is made to suck up trash in our oceans and use that as energy and resources for the city.
"We have wooden floorboards here where citizens can put in their house and walk across them and it'll generate electricity," said Nyla Deans, a student on the project.
Through this process, the students realized how important their ideas are.
"They realize that even as 7th and 8th graders could make a great impact on society," said Lalitha Murali, a teacher at Glen Hills Middle School.
The Society of Science recently gifted teacher, Murali, a grant to help in developing the school's STEM program.
As the group works to compete at the national level for the Future City competition, they are counting on votes from the public to win.
"Students need to understand even their single action could impact our society," said Murali.
To help the group win the national competition, vote here.