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Regional Coordinator: Deborah Orlik





2018 Competition Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018


Submission Deadlines:

SimCity Virtual City Goals Presentation (48 points) (must be uploaded in pdf format) November 17, 2017

City Essay (60 points) (pdf format, please) December 15, 2017

Project Management form (10 points) (pdf format, please), January 14, 2018

City Model (70 points) January 20, 2018

City Presentation (70 points) January 20, 2018





2017 Most Futuristic City Award Winner: LucFAR from Lincoln Middle School


2017 Competition: Saturday, January 21

Location: The Rhoades School, 141 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024

Our Winners:

Third Place                                                      Colony One                The Rhoades School

Second Place                                                   Emerald Sun               Magnolia Science Academy – SD 

First Place                                                       Nova Zitra                  The Mirman School


Best Use of Universal Design                        Nawfar                       Our Lady Of Refuge Catholic School

Best Use of Land Surveying Practices            Keewarden                  The Museum School

Best Residential Zone                                   Guinelgriff                The Rhoades School

Best Use of Renewable Energy                      Salamander City          St. Michael’s School

Most Futuristic Model                                   LucFAR                        Lincoln Middle School

Best Transportation System                          Nirvana                       Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School

Rookie of the Year Award                              Futuramas/Redlands     Rolling Hills Prep


People’s Choice Award                                  Emerald Sun                Magnolia Science Academy - SD



Team Check-In 8:30-9:30 am(Please drop off your team & model. Park your car on the street or across the street.

Team Presentation and Special Award Judging begins at 9:00 

Lunch Break: 11:00  Future City SoCal is providing lunch for all student participants.

Judging: 11:30 - 1:30

Afternoon Break: 1:30 - 1:45  Snacks provided

Judging: 1:45 - 3:45

Awards Ceremony: 4:15



1st Place  (1st Place winners must stay for a meeting regarding arrangements to attend the National competition)

2nd Place

3rd Place


Special Award categories

Best Model

The People's Choice Award (student vote)

Best Use of Universal Design (Most Accessible City) 

Best Use of Renewable Energy

Most Futuristic Model

Best Residential Zone

Best Transportation

NCEES Best Use of Land Surveying Practices

Rookie of the Year Award  


Submission Deadlines:

SimCity Virtual City Goals Presentation (48 points) (must be uploaded in pdf format) November 18, 2016

City Essay (60 points) (pdf format, please) December 16, 2016

Project Management form (10 points) (pdf format, please), January 14, 2017

City Model (70 points) January 21, 2017

City Presentation (70 points) January 21, 2017


Late submission penalty: 5 pts per week


Topic for 2016-17

The single most important ingredient in any city is people. And people need a variety of public spaces throughout their city, both indoors and outdoors, where they can meet, relax, play, learn, connect, share cultures, create community, and build civic identity. When city planners and engineers develop public spaces they don’t just consider open fields or existing parks and plazas, they look at sites such as abandoned buildings, old railway lines, waterways (rivers, lakes, ponds), former industrial areas, and the single largest land asset in any city—the streets and sidewalks.

Public spaces, both small and large, indoors and outside, not only make an urban area more attractive and more livable, they also serve as an anchor that benefits cities in a variety of ways. Many public space projects revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. Other public space projects help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. In fact, a recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted about 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.

Team challenge: Your challenge is to include in your future city a distributed network of innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves your city’s diverse population. 







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