Every member of the team plays an important role:
- Students generate the ideas, plan their execution, research, write, build, learn, laugh, and present their final product.
- Educators organize the team(s), facilitate the learning process, and guide the students through their project(s).
- Mentors serve as team advisors, share their engineering expertise, and help students develop skills like project management and systems thinking skills.
Organizing Your Team
Teams can have from three to 30 students. Consider the following when organizing your team:
- Official Presenting Team -- three students, one educator, and one mentor
- Multiple Teams -- you can form multiple teams, but check how many teams you can bring to regionals.
- Other Team formats--use the structure that works best for you.
See the Handbook for more information about forming teams.
Role of Mentor
The mentor serves as a valuable team advisor. He or she will:
- Help students refine ideas
- Share real-world engineering experience
- Provide feedback
In our resource section, you can find tips for Working With Your Mentor.
TEAM FORMAT OPTIONS
1. OFFICIAL PRESENTING TEAM
The Official Presenting Team is three students, one educator, and one mentor. Future City welcomes teams that are larger than the three presenting students, however, only the three official students are allowed to present at the Regional and Finals Competitions.
2. MULTIPLE TEAMS
An organization is permitted to form multiple teams under the single $25.00 registration fee. If you decide to field multiple teams, please check with your Regional Coordinator about the number of teams an organization is allowed to bring to the Regional Competition. Note: Only the top scoring team from an organization is allowed to advance to the final round of the Regional Competition. See Competition Rule number ten on page 80 in the handbook.
3. OTHER TEAM FORMATS
Some classrooms or clubs chose to work together as one team, dividing the work into smaller working groups such as a research group or city model group. If you decide to work in this manner, you will need to select three students to serve as the “official presenters” at the Regional Competition.