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Florida (Tampa Bay)
Regional Coordinator: Cengiz H. Mumcuoglu

florida_tampa@futurecity.org

Welcome to Future City!

While we're working on adding detail and functionality to our Regional Webpage, Please review this year's Kick-off letter  below.  If you have any HTML experience or have some helpful suggestions for our the Florida(TampaBay Region) Webpage please feel free to contact me at craig.boisseau+FCHelp@gmail.com

 

August 26, 2015

Hello Teams!

Welcome to this years Competition. This year’s topic is Waste Not, Want Not! Your students will design an innovative citywide solid waste management system for their future city that is safe, environmentally sound, and energy efficient.

 

If you have not already signed up officially online – please do so by going to: http://futurecity.org/register ; the Program handbook can be found under the resource section. Below are a few important items for this year’s competition: 

  • This year your SimCity download codes will be available on your CMS site once you complete the online survey. Each teacher registered will receive up to 3 download codes. If there are multiple teachers participating from one school, each teacher must register online to receive the SimCity download codes. 
  • Look for the  SimCity ™ Download Directions. Same as last year, we are using the NEW SimCity software, Deluxe Digital Edition. There are resources on the Future City Website to get you started! Please let us know if you have any difficulties or your computer is not compatible with the NEW SimCity.  
  • Registration runs through end of October. Once you have completed your online registration we will do our best to match you up with an engineer mentor. If a student’s parent or you know of someone who would like to be a mentor, please have them register on the Future City Website and we will assign them to your school.  
  • Each school is permitted to bring two teams to the regional competition – A team can consist of students from an entire classroom working collectively on the project. The names of three presenters for each team plus one alternate must be submitted online by December 18, 2015.  
  • The registration fee is $25 per school or organization and can be paid online or invoiced and must be paid before the second submittal date.  
  • At the Regional Finals, all teams will present their models in the morning. Based on all 3 phases, the top 5 scoring teams will present their model in the afternoon to a panel of specialty judges. For the top 5 teams phase 3, model and presentation, will be re-scored in the afternoon section. Only one team from each school or organization can be in the top 5.  
  • Please note, all student teams, including those from the same school, that attend the Regional Finals are eligible to compete in the Special Award Prize categories. 
  • In mid-October, there may be additional codes available through Nationals.  
  • Please read over the manual, load the software, and begin building your city. Please use the FC training webinars and resources. The Competition submittal deadline dates are as follows: 

PHASE 1 – Virtual City Design- Friday, November 20, 2015  

PHASE 2 – City Description - Friday, December 18, 2015  

PHASE 3 – Project Plan – Friday, January 8, 2016  

PHASE 4 – Model and Presentation Judging – Saturday, January 16, 2016 Finals @ Thurgood Marshall Middle School 

  • All submittals shall be made through the future city website.  
  • Each Phase of the Competition requires your teamwork, research and imagination skills. Your teams should use the handbook as a guide for resources, and refer to scoring sheets help you understand what the judges will be looking for when scoring your submissions.  
  • Our Committee member who will be assigning engineer mentors to your school is Ms. Jessica McRory. Jessica will be in contact with your team’s teacher in the next few weeks to review potential mentor matches. We currently have a pool of engineer mentors and we will match the mentor with your school as soon as possible. You may begin working on the project as the mentor is being assigned to your school.  
  • Educators, start by reading the handbook, and the judging forms. Then take a look at the Educators Guide. There are a few webinars that will help you with each section on the resource webpage. There are also example models, presentations and essays in the gallery webpage.  
  • If you have any questions loading the software on your computer, please refer to the Resources section on the website or in the toll free number for support in your manual. You may call me on 813-357-3740. Craig Boisseau email:(craig.boisseau+FCHelp@gmail.com) is our dedicated engineer to help teachers and students with software and hardware issues.  
  • If your school requires an invoice for payment of the registration fee – please send an email to me and I can mail your school the invoice. Good Luck! 

 

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