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What do judges get out of Future City?
What do judges get out of Future City?
What do judges get out of Future City?
What do judges get out of Future City?

Why participate?

Future City provides an authentic STEM experience for middle school students around the country. Engineers created this competition and its success is dependent upon continued support from industry professionals. Serving as a judge is easy and fun. Learn more about judging in your local Future City region or judging at the Finals in DC and then register today!

What will I do?

You decide! Judge remotely or on-site, and select which competition elements are most interesting to you. See Competition Deliverables.

Who will I help?

The Future City program has been proven to have considerable impact. Read more about the Community & Impact. 


Getting Started

Do I need to be an engineer to serve as a judge?

Judges should have a technical background sufficient to understand and evaluate the student’s work. Future City provides extensive assessment rubrics and training.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies, ranging from 5 - 10 hours. Be sure to let the Regional Coordinator how much time you can commit to the program when you first register as a judge and they will make sure you have a judging assignment that is right for you.

Where does judging take place?

You can judge Virtual City Slideshows and City Descriptions from the comfort of your own home or office. If you would like to judge the students’ City Models and their City Presentations, you’ll need to attend the Regional Competition, which is hosted in January. Determine your region and then check the schedule to find out where and when your regional competition is held. Email your Regional Coordinator for more information.

When does judging take place?

Judging of the Virtual City Slideshows and City Descriptions typically takes place at your convenience in December and early January. Judging at the Regional Competition typically takes place on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in January, depending on your region's schedule.

Are there training sessions?

There are online training videos posted on the website for you to review at any time. In addition, every year there is at least one webinar hosted just for judges. Most regions also host in-person training sessions for rookie judges. Contact your Regional Coordinator to determine their offerings.

Can I serve as a judge if I am currently mentoring a team?

If you are serving as a mentor for a team competing at regionals, we ask that you DO NOT also serve as a judge, due to any perceived or real conflicts of interest. In future years, you may choose to judge rather than mentor a team. Serving as a judge can certainly give you a unique perspective on the competition and improve your ability to serve as a mentor.

Making It Happen

How do I judge the Virtual City Slideshow?

Are you familiar with SimCity? Judge slideshows that teams have created, analyzing city development and progress towards two goals of the students' choice. We provide a detailed rubric and an easy-to-use online scoring system. Judging typically takes place in December and January and can be done remotely from your home or office. Judges commit 5 or more hours, depending on availability and interest.

How do I judge the City Descriptions?

Are you curious what solutions students will come up with for this year’s "Waste Not, Want Not" challenge? As a City Description judge, you’ll read 1,500-word essays where students describe their city, outline their solution and describe how it works. We provide a detailed rubric and an easy-to-use online scoring system. Judging typically takes place in the comfort of your own home in December and January. Judges commit 5 - 10 hours, depending on availability and interest.

How do I judge City Models and City Presentations?

Are you looking for a chance to see tomorrow’s leaders in action? As a judge at the Regional Competition, you will see teams present their city’s unique features, learn how they came up with their ideas, and have a chance to ask questions. We provide a detailed rubric and scoresheet, as well as a team of fellow judges. Judges must be available for 5-10 hours on competition day, typically a Saturday in January. Email your Regional Coordinator for more information.

What are Special Awards?

Regional and national coordinators invite industry professionals to present special awards to teams that have tackled additional city-design challenges. Typically award topics are related to industry sponsors’ area of expertise. Check out the list of special awards given at National Finals. Regional-level special awards vary.

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