Regional Coordinator: Colleen Feller

Special Awards

2020 -2021 Special Awards

Teams are invited to apply for as many awards as they want to by writing a paragraph explaining how their city addresses the award criteria. Special Awards judging teams will choose finalists to interview via Zoom. More information to come.

Special Awards judged by interview:


Winning School and Team Name

1. Most Innovative Lunar Location - Awarded to the lunar city with the most innovative location: near the moon, on the moon, in the moon, dark side, light side, crater edge, near polar cap, near crater shadow, etc.


Mounds Park Academy - Liyu Aleti

2. Best Infrastructure System - Awarded to the city that encompasses infrastructure design for the community's current and future needs. The infrastructure design encompasses areas of transportation (roads, transit, and bridges), water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment.


Justice Page MS - Civitas Stellas

3. Engineering Excellence - Awarded to the city that best integrates use of many different engineering disciplines, uses creative and practical engineering solutions, and plans for future growth.


Justice Page MS - Civitas Stellas

4. Safe Drinking Water - Awarded to the city that uses the most innovative methods to protect and provide safe drinking water.

MN Dept. of Health / AWWA

Black Hawk MS - Emporia

5. Best Lunar Transportation System - Awarded to the city with the most innovative lunar transportation system that provides for: safe and efficient movement of people and goods, creative use of various modes of transportation that accomodates all users (i.e. vehicles, transit, pedestrians, etc.), and traffic management.

SRF Consulting Group

Justice Page MS - Sol Latet

6. Most Practical Design - Awarded to the city that best considers practical implementation and sustainable use in their future city.

Engineering Alliance Foundation (formerly MnSPE Foundation) New London-Spicer MS - Mikro Vima

7. Best Industrial/Commercial Layout - Awarded to the city that best integrates industrial and commercial aspects into the infrastructure of their city.


Scott Highlands MS - Nektia

8. Most Innovative Power System - Awarded to the city with an innovative power system that addresses critical requirements, including reliability, disaster planning, environmental impact, and cost effectiveness.


Mounds Park Academy - Liyu Aleti

9. Readiness for Natural and Manmade Disasters - Given to the team that has demonstrated the most thought into addressing risks to its infrastructure and populous stemming from potential natural and man-made disasters.


Justice Page MS - Stella Cadente

10. Best Payload and Personnel Delivery System - In order to establish a working lunar city, a strong supply line needs to be established with Earth. Large amounts of supplies need to be transported to aid in building infrastructure and people need a safe and efficient way to get to the moon and back. This award goes to the team that has the best system to deliver supplies and people between the Earth and the moon.


Mounds Park Academy - Little Prince Crater

11. Most Effective Power Grid  - Awarded to the city whose power grid effectively and resiliently delivers power from one or more energy sources to the community. The award is for both the method of power generation and delivery.


Justice Page MS - Civitas Stellas

12. Best Land Surveying Practices Award - This award recognizes the design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public's safety and welfare.


Friendly Hills MS - Lunar City
13. Most Innovative Constructability - Most city populations are not fans of construction and delays. Getting the best design and system integrations are only great if they can also be done in a timely and cost-effective fashion. Awarded to the city design with the best constructability that identifies and removes obstacles to ensure timely construction, prevents errors, and reduces cost overrun. DBIA-UMR Black Hawk MS - Emporia
14. Best Project Plan Award - This award recognizes a team's outstanding understanding of Project Management concepts and application of Project Management knowledge. The winning team's Project Plan will present content that is detailed, clear, focused, compelling, and easy to follow. Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) Scott Highlands MS - Nektia
Special Awards Determined by Numerical Score




1. Best Essay - Awarded to the team with the highest-scoring research essay. No interview.

MN FCC Steering Committee

Justice Page MS - Sol Latet

2. Best City Model Slideshow - Awarded to the team with the highest-scoring city model slideshow. No interview.


Mounds Park Academy - Little Prince Crater