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Regional Coordinator: Lynn Olson

lynnolson1@boisestate.edu

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Idaho

Regional Coordinator: Lynn Olson

lynnolson1@boisestate.edu

Idaho

Welcome to the Idaho Region of the Future City Competition™. The 10th Idaho Regional Competition will be held at Boise State University on January 25, 2014. This website contains information about the Idaho Regional Competition for interested students, teachers, parents and volunteers. 

 

This year's essay theme is "Tomorrow's Transit: Design a way to move prople in and around your city.  Students will research and write and essay (maximum 1,000 words) in which they design a way to transport people in and around their city.  Students will identify a problem of moving people in their ciry and and design a mode of transportation to solve this problem. 

 

Deadlines for Submittals are December 4th - Sim City, December 18th - Essay/Narrative, January 25th - Model/Presentation at Regional Finals at Boise State.

 

About Future City

The Future City™ Competition, in its 22nd year nationally and 10th year in Idaho, is a free educational program for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students run entirely by volunteers throughout the state. It is a national program that fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications.

 The Future City Program combines an engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application as students present their vision of a city of the future by working in teams along with their teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor. Teams of students (minimum of three per team) will perform the following tasks:

  • Students are given SimCity4 software, which they use to design their own "future city" while taking into account real life design considerations such as energy needs, traffic density, and pollution.
  • Next, the students research and write and essay on a given engineering topic. 
  • The students must also build a model (50" x 25" x 20") of a portion of their city using recycled materials.
  • Finally, they present the whole package to a panel of judges at the Idaho Competition.

The preparation starts in August-October. Regional competitions are in January.  The national competition is held in Washington D.C. during Engineer's Week.

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