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Idaho
Regional Coordinator: Lynn Olson, P.E.

idaho@futurecity.org
208-426-2686

Welcome to the Idaho Region of the Future City Competition™.  This website contains information about the Idaho Regional Competition for interested students, teachers, parents and volunteers.   

About Future City Future City™Competition, in its 25th year nationally and 13th 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.  

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Mark your calendar for the 13th Idaho Regional Competition that will be held on Saturday January 21st at Boise State University.

Dates and Deadlines - The submittal deadlines for the program deliverables include:

  • Sim City - Wednesday, November 30th (accepted a week late w/5 point deduction and two weeks late w/10 point deduction)
  • City Description  -  Wednesday, December 7th (accepted up to a week late with a 5 point deduction)
  • Project Plan - Saturday January 14th (accepted up to a week late with a 5 point deduction)
  • Model/Presentation - Saturday January 21st at the Idaho Regional Future City Competition

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Results from 12th Idaho Regional 2015-16

The 12th Idaho Regional Competition was held at Boise State University on January 23, 2016. This year's competition included 31 teams from 22 different schools. Participants came from all over Idaho including American Falls, Blackfoot, Boise, Caldwell, Cascade, Craigmont, Hailey, Homedale, Jerome, Kuna, Meridian, New Meadows, and Riggins as well as Battle Mountain Nevada and Park City, Utah.

1st Place went to Boise's Sacred Heart Catholic School's Future City Mottainai!! Students Juliette Crichton, Daisy O'Sullivan and Coleman Froehlke along with teacher Carol Gado and Engineer Mentor Dan Gado from STRATA, Inc. They also won the special award for the Most Multi-modal Transportation Network sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Idaho Chapter.

2nd Place went to Meridian Middle School's Future City Prevoyant! They also won the award for Materials Exotica sponsored by Micron Technology, Inc.

3rd Place went to Homedale Middle School's Future City Ciudad Reciclado! They also won the award for the Most Efficient & Creative Transit System sponsored by Kittelson & Associates.

4th Place went to Lake Hazel (Meridian) Middle's Future City Cantania e Futuro Luminoso! They also won the award for Comprehensive Use of Smart Grid Technology sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

5th Place went to Falcon Ridge Public Charter (Kuna) Future City Asymptote. They also won the award for Best Residential Zone sponsored by Andrea Pettitt Group One Real Estate Additional

Special Award Winners are listed below.

  • Best Project Team (sponsored by AECOM) - Bonzer Oppidum, Syringa Middle
  • Most Sustainable Food Production System (sponsored by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) - King Fischer, Salmon River Middle
  • Most Sustainable Use of Existing Resources (sponsored by Boise State University College of Engineering) - Ecohaven, West Junior High
  • Best Electrical Power Delivery System (sponsored by Bonneville Power Administration) - The Environmentalists, St. Mark's
  • Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems (sponsored by Connecting Idaho Partners) - Purus Subterraneus, Sacred Heart Best
  • Soil Conservation Practices (sponsored by Geo Engineers, Inc.) - Novadia, Cascade Co-op Home School
  • Best Management of Water Resources (sponsored by HDR, Inc.) - Craigmont7, Highlands School District
  • Best Protection of the Public’s Safety through Engineering Practices (sponsored by Idaho Society of Professional Engineers) - Jerome, Jerome Middle
  • Surveyor’s Choice Award (sponsored by Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors) - Delta, Lewis & Clark Middle
  • Best Commercial Layout (sponsored by Idaho State University's College of Science and Engineering) - Bacterias, Idaho Science & Tech Charter
  • Best Innovative Solution for Small Community (sponsored by Local Highway Technical Assistance Council Employees) - PCP, Park City Day School
  • Most Holistic Approach (sponsored by MWH Global) - Fantastic Future, St. Mark's
  • Best Land Surveying Practices Award (sponsored by National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying) - Wurm Stadt, Syringa Middle
  • Most Creative Alternative Energy Design (sponsored by STRATA, Inc.) - Environmental Aces, St. Mark's
  • Best Consideration of Air Transportation (sponsored by T-O Engineers, Inc.) - New Rome, Idaho Science & Tech Charter
  • Multidisciplinary Solutions (sponsored by University of Idaho College of Engineering) - Novadia, Cascade Co-op Home School
  • Most Accessible City (sponsored by WH Pacific, Inc.) - Thera, Lake Hazel Middle

 

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