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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 the National Finals. National 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 National Finals have the opportunity to win the prizes below.

Award Name Winner Sponsor Criteria
Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future City Sequoyah Middle School, Oklahoma

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 Maricopa Wells Middle School, Arizona

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 St. John Lutheran School, Michigan

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Innovative and efficient use of renewable resources in energy systems.
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems Harding Middle School, Iowa

American Society of Civil Engineers

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


Indoor environment that encompasses occupant comfort, productivity, energy efficiency or air quality.
Most Sustainable Buildings West Ridge Middle School, Texas (Central)


In recognition of energy efficient buildings that minimize their impact on the outdoor environment and provide indoor environmental quality for building occupants.
Best Futuristic City Gratton School, California (Northern)


Use of futuristic engineering concepts into city's communications, energy, or transportation systems
Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques Batavia Middle School, Ohio

ASQ - Design and Construction Division

Use of innovative construction materials. Use of innovative construction techniques. Overall construction of design.
Best Management of Water Resources St. Agnes Academy, Florida (South)

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.
Most Holistic Approach FVAMC, New England


City that best incorporates sustainability and an integrated approach to managing resources and infrastructure systems.
Best Residential Zone Maricopa Wells Middle School, Arizona

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 Al Hadi School of Accelerative Learning, Texas (Houston)

Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers, Inc

The City whose design best incorporates historical & cultural sites, buildings, infrastructure and customs.
Best Virtual Design City 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 Communications System St. Thomas More Catholic School, Louisiana


Strategic placement of a communications system that is both efficient and accurate.
Best Essay Award St. John Lutheran School, Michigan


This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged by the National Essay Judges.
Best Model West Ridge Middle School, Texas (Central)


This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged during the National Preliminary Judging of the Model.
People's Choice Award Academy for Science and Foreign Language (ASFL), 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 Use of Nanotechnology Warwick Middle School, Pennsylvania (Central)

National Nanotechnology Initiative

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers. The best use of nanotechnology could include: nanomaterials to improve any part of the city, such as stronger buildings; nanosensors to monitor bridges or air quality; nanoenergy applications such as green lighting, energy efficient cars, or nano-enabled solar or wind power; or nanotechnology for waste water treatment and water purification.
Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices Southwest Middle School, Great Plains

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.
Accessible City Award Berkeley Preparatory School, Florida (Tampa)

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Most Accessible Design for people with disabilities, the elderly, and others with mobility impairments. Design that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, public rights of way) for a community.
Best Transportation System Academy for Science and Foreign Language (ASFL), Alabama

U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration

Creative design of transportation system that allows both mobility and transport of goods and services.
Best Land Surveying Practices Hyde Park Middle School, Nevada (Southern)


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.
Best Use of Fire Protection Engineering Science & Technology Louis Pasteur MS 67, New York (City)

Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Fire Protection Engineers use science and technology to make our communities safe from fire. Fire protection engineering features may include structural fire resistance, detection and notification systems, suppression systems, egress systems and smoke management systems. The fire protection engineer ensures that these features all work together to protect people, property, and the environment from fire.
Excellence in Systems Integration Wildwood School, California (Southern)

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 Deer Creek Middle School, New Mexico

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.