Annoor Academy wins first place in STEM competition

Susan EspirituWest Knox County

Annoor Academy of Knoxville won first place at the 2024 Electrify your Future-themed Future City Competition for the second consecutive year and will now move to the national competition in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17-23.

In addition to the first-place award, team Derna from Annoor Academy won first place and best moving part.

The competition is built on imagining what it will be like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. The students design a futuristic city with innovative solutions on pressing sustainability issues. Since August, the middle school teams have worked with classmates, an educator and volunteer mentor to use the engineering design process and project management skills to envision and design this futuristic city.

The students on the Annoor Academy team are Saleem Abuhawas, Hamza Chaudhry, Imran Fahmi, Dina Hashani, Muhedin Hashani, Yasameen Khattab, Adam Mourad, Rowan Mourad, Aliya Quraishi, Suhaib Rahman and Zia Toor.

For the seventh consecutive year, LDA Engineering has participated in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program with team members volunteering help judge the regional event. Jason Brooks, chief executive officer of LDA Engineering and a regional coordinator for this year’s event, refers to it as a privilege to work with kids taking part in the Future City Competition.

LDA Engineering continues its support through its $500,000 commitment to STEM education and $120,000 in college scholarship funds.

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