Students will have the opportunity to learn how to apply math, science, and technology to real-world engineering problems. Along the way they’ll discover engineering, uncover hidden talents, gain confidence, and flex their problem solving skills. We need your help. Get involved and volunteer!
What do the students do?
Students spend months designing a city of the future. See what their physical models look like on competition day in the Gallery.
Who will I help?
The Future City program has been proven to have considerable impact. Read more about our Community & Impact.
What kind of volunteers do you need?
In addition to STEM professional mentors and judges, we need volunteers who are are willing to lend a hand at the Regional Competition. Volunteers may be asked to help out at the registration table, set-up lunch, distribute medals, or even direct traffic. Any adult who is excited about the program’s mission and is able to work productively in a team environment is qualified and encouraged to participate.
What is the time commitment?
Volunteers typically commit 3 - 8 hours on a Saturday in January at the regional competition. Determine your region, and check the schedule, to find out where and when your regional competition is held. Some regions may need some volunteer assistance prior to competition day. Be sure to let your Regional Coordinator know if you are available or interested in helping out with event preparations. If you are interested in devoting time to the program throughout the year, you may even consider joining the Regional Coordinator's planning committee.
How do I sign-up?
Please register as a volunteer, and email your Regional Coordinator to let him or her know your exact availability and your strengths and interests.
Making It Happen
As a parent, if I volunteer will I still be able to see my child present?
We’re glad you’re interested in volunteering. Be sure to let your Regional Coordinator know that you are a parent and that you would like a volunteer assignment that will enable you to fully support your child. You will likely be assigned to help out with tasks at the very beginning of the competition, or at the conclusion of the competition.
What should I wear?
Your Regional Coordinator will give you all of the pertinent details about event day. But our advice is to wear comfortable shoes, as it is generally a very busy day!
Do I need a background check?
Check with your Regional Coordinator. Some regional competitions are held on school property and have specific rules about volunteers on campus.
What kind of specific tasks do you need help with leading up to the event?
Again, check with your Regional Coordinator, as needs vary from region to region. Often regions could use help printing name tags or event day programs, creating signs, or filling student goody bags.
What are some examples of specific tasks that you need help with on event day?
Again, check with your Regional Coordinator, as needs vary from region to region. On event day, volunteers help set-up the venue, moving chairs and tables, and hanging signs, they help register teams, and judges as they arrive, they support judges, assisting with timing, or double checking scoresheets. Volunteers might be asked to help serve lunch, and/or clean-up lunch, sell raffle tickets, distribute and collect surveys. The list goes on. Be sure to let your Regional Coordinator know if you have preferences about your volunteer role.