The Future City Competition is a non-profit national competition sponsored by the engineering community to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students.
The competition consists of three phases:
1) Design a city on the computer using the SIM City software.
2) Write an Essay and Abstract about the city.
3) Make a scale model of the city and present your city to a panel of engineer judges on the day of the competition.
Mentoring: Each team is matched with an Engineer Mentor who will visit the school periodically over the course of the competition and help the students learn about how engineers design and develop the infrastructure of a city.
Who can participate: The regional competition is open to all public, private, and parochial Middle Schools (6th, 7th & 8th grade) from the New York City Metropolitan Area.
When does the competition start: The competition runs from September to January each year. Register on-line until 10/31 at www.futurecity.org. This year’s regional competition is January 18th, 2013 at the SONY Wonder Technology Museum, Madison Ave at 55th Street, Manhattan. We recommend you register early in order to have more time to complete the program.
Goal: To foster an interest in math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications.
Result: Students will learn how math, science and engineering shape the infrastructure of the city around them. Students also learn life skills such as problem solving, teamwork, research, written and verbal communication, computer literacy, and gain an increased awareness of community related issues.
Prizes: The winning team from the Regional Competition will have an opportunity to compete in the National Competition in Washington DC, where the national winning team receives a trip to Space Camp.
Welcome to the 2012 - 2013 Future City Competition! I hope your new school year is off to a great start and I... more