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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 11th Idaho Regional Competition will be held at Boise State University on January 24, 2015. This website contains information about the Idaho Regional Competition for interested students, teachers, parents and volunteers. 

 

This year's essay theme is Feeding Future Cities: 

The challenge: Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city’s size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.

 

Deadlines for Submittals are December 3rd - Sim City, December 10th - Essay/Narrative, January 24th - Model/Presentation at Regional Finals at Boise State.

 

About Future City

The Future City™ Competition, in its 23nd year nationally and 11th 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 will be February 14 to 18, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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