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Awards & Prizes

While Future City is first and foremost an engineering experience, there are also awesome prizes to win for competing teams! Teams that win their Regional Competition advance to Finals. Finals takes place in February in Washington, DC. Future City provides round trip transportation and hotel accommodations for the team’s three student presenters, educator, and mentor. Teams competing at Finals have the opportunity to win the prizes below.

Award Name Winner Sponsor Criteria
Alumnus of the Year Daniel Davies, Iowa


This award is given to the Future City Alumnus who exemplifies the ideals of the program.
Best City Description Academy for Science and Foreign Language, Alabama


This award is given to the team with the overall highest City Description score as judged by the National Essay Judges.
Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future City Pikeville Jr. High School, Kentucky

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section (NCS)

Teams should develop a clear statement of the use and benefits of aviation and/or space technology in their projects. Projects can be on, in or above the earth, in space or on other celestial bodies. Special consideration will be given to aviation and/or space technologies used in the displays.
Most Sustainable Food Production System Lewis Central Middle School, Nebraska

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Design that provides the best sustainable food production system while conserving soil, water and energy.
Best Use of Renewable Energy Southwest Middle School, Great Plains

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Innovative and efficient use of renewable resources in energy systems.
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems Harbor View Academy, Texas (North)

American Society of Civil Engineers

Design that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, water and wastewater) for a community.
Best Indoor Environment Warwick Middle School, Pennsylvania (Central)


Indoor environment that encompasses occupant comfort, productivity, energy efficiency or air quality.
Most Sustainable Buildings Hyde Park Middle School, Nevada


In recognition of energy efficient buildings that minimize their impact on the outdoor environment and provide indoor environmental quality for building occupants.
Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques St. John Lutheran School, Michigan

ASQ - Design and Construction Division

Use of innovative construction materials. Use of innovative construction techniques. Overall construction of design.
Best Futuristic City St. Hugh Catholic School, Florida (South)


Use of futuristic engineering concepts into city's communications, energy, or transportation systems
Best Management of Water Resources Langtree Charter Academy, North Carolina

Bentley Systems, Inc.

Efficient design of water treatment and distribution for human consumption, agriculture, industry, recreation, and fire protection. Responsible sewage collection and treatment for environmental protection and community aesthetics. Innovative stormwater collection, treatment, reuse and/or discharge back into the environment.
Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices New Lebanon Junior Senior High School, New York (Albany)

National Society of Professional Engineers

There exists a vital role professional engineers play in the lives and well-being of the public. They do this by protecting the public's health, safety, and welfare by engaging in competent practices and through other fundamental ethical values and principles. Teams need to explain in detail what it is about their city that ensures the health, safety and welfare of its residents and what specifically will guarantee for them an improved quality of life.
Best Residential Zone The Ellis School, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA

Strategic placement of residential zones that allow maximum return for quality of life issues.
The City of the Future that Best Incorporates Cultural and Historical Resources Hyde Park Middle School, Nevada

Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers, Inc

The City whose design best incorporates historical & cultural sites, buildings, infrastructure and customs.
Best Virtual City Design St. John Lutheran School, Michigan

Electronic Arts, Inc.

This award is given to the team with the highest overall score as judged by the National Virtual City Judges.
Best City Model Harbor View Academy, Texas (North)


This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged during the National Preliminary Judging of the Model.
Best Communications System Academy for Science and Foreign Language, Alabama


Strategic placement of a communications system that is both efficient and accurate.
People's Choice Award Academy for Science and Foreign Language, Alabama


This award is given to the team that is voted by their peers to have the best model. Voting is done by ballot during the Special Awards Judging.
Best Land Surveying Practices St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School, Georgia


The design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protest the public's safety and welfare.
Excellence in Systems Integration Sacred Heart Catholic School, Idaho

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Demonstration of excellence in the design of integrated systems of people, material, information equipment, and energy.
Best Future City Project Plan Islip Middle School, New York City

Project Management Institute Educational Foundation

Teams should develop a clear statement of what needs to be accomplished on their project, including a list of deliverables. They should also have a project budget and schedule or timeline for the completion of their work. Special consideration will be given to teams that list potential unexpected events/situations they thought of that might present challenges for their project and what they did to prevent them.