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

Why participate?

Future City is your chance to dream about your future. What kind of city do you want to live in, what can be done better in your future city? You and your teammates are in charge of coming up with ideas and making them happen. You’ll have support from your teacher and mentor, but ultimately it is all about your ideas, vision, and work.

What will I do?

Working as part of a team you will design and build a city of the future. See what other kids have created in the Gallery.

What can I win?

The winning team from each Regional Finals wins a free to trip to Washington DC, and chance to win awesome Awards & Prizes

FAQs

Getting Started

What will I do on a Future City Team?

Future City has five different pieces that all need to be completed – designing the SimCity, researching and writing the city description, building the model, developing a project plan, and presenting the city to the judges. Most teams work together to come up with the big ideas and direction for their city and then they divide up the work depending on a teammate’s interests and skills. Talk to your teammates, your educator coach, and mentor about what parts of Future City you are most interested in.

How do I sign-up and get started?

Your team educator or mentor must register your team online. Once your team is registered you will be sent Sim City codes, and will be able to start working on all of the Competition Deliverables.

Can I work with my friends?

Of course you can work with your friends. No one works alone, as you need a minimum of three people on each team.

Can I start working on my own?

Not so fast. Future City is always a team effort! You’ll need a minimum of three people, and it always helps to have a few more. If you’re finding this on your own, share this website with your teacher or afterschool leader and ask him or her to help you find some teammates and register! Email your Regional Coordinator for more information.

Making It Happen

How long does Future City take?

The program starts at the beginning of school and goes to January, when the regional competition takes place. Some teams have classroom time to work on the project, while other teams complete all work after school and on the weekends.

It looks like a lot of work! How will I get through it all?

It is a lot of work, but that’s why it’s a team project! You can divide and conquer. Some students can work on researching and writing the city description, while others plan the physical model. And now we have some great project management tools you and teammates can use to help you stay on track.

It looks like a lot of work! How will I get through it all?

It is a lot of work, but that’s why it’s a team project! You can divide and conquer. Some students can work on researching and writing the city description, while others plan the physical model. And now we have some great project management tools you and teammates can use to help you stay on track.

What is the competition like?

At the regional competition you will display your city model in a science fair type setting. Other middle school students and educators from around the region will get a chance to see your work, and you can check out theirs. You will also be sent to a private judging room to deliver your 5 - 7 minute presentation in front of a panel of 3 - 5 judges from local STEM industries. Finally, specialty award judges will ask you questions about specific aspects of your city. At the end of the day, finalists will present their work, awards will be announced, and prizes will be distributed. The entire competition often feels more like a celebration than an intense competition. It’s a lot of fun!

What prizes can I win?

Each region presents its own awards and prizes at the regional competition. You’ll have to ask your educator what is typically done in your region. Teams that win their regional competition are given a free trip to Washington, DC in order to compete at the national competition. National winners can win a trip to Space Camp, and cash for their school’s STEM programs. Check out all of the Awards and Prizes distributed at nationals. Email your Regional Coordinator for more information.

Getting Help

How can my mentor help?

You should consider your mentor a professional advisor. You can ask him or her any technical questions that you have, especially ones that your educator may not be able to answer. If your mentor doesn’t know the answer to a question, he or she will help you look it up. He or she may give you a lesson on technical drawing, using handtools, or scale. In addition, your mentor knows what it takes to be an engineer in real life -- he or she can answer your questions about engineering careers.

Can my parents help?

We hope that you will tell your parents all about what you’re doing. And you can certainly ask them what they think about your ideas. If they have an area of expertise, encourage them to come into school to share the information with your entire class or team. Email your Regional Coordinator for more information.

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