- All About Future City
- Need To Know (PBS)
- Behind the Scenes
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills. Students participating in Future City:
Yes! You can do the full program or choose the parts that match your learning goals and never compete. Over the years, educators and engineers have used the Virtual City Design to teach city planning, the Essay to strengthen research and writing skills, and the Model to understand scale, potential and kinetic energy, and city planning.