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Texas (Houston)
Regional Coordinator: Dr. Zafar Taqvi

texas_houston@futurecity.org

JUDGING

SEE Scoring Deductions in the Handbook

For more information, download the Program Handbook from the Resource section.

The competition judging takes part in five phases:

Project Plan [10 points]

There are four required parts to the Project Plan that is critical to the project management learning objective for this competition.

Full credit will be awarded to teams that complete the plan in its entirety AND submit the plan on time. [Note: there is no rubric for this deliverable]

DEFINE STAGE: PROJECT PLAN 1 – Set Goals

PLAN STAGE: PROJECT PLAN 2 – Schedule

DO STAGE: PROJECT PLAN 3 – Check-ins

REVIEW STAGE: PROJECT PLAN 4 - Reflect

Virtual City Design Judging [48 points]
After the virtual city design is uploaded, the actual scoring/judging of each design will be done online by a team of 3-4 judges.

Essay/ City Narrative Judging [60 points]
After the Essay/narrative entry is uploaded, the actual scoring/judging will be done online by a team of 10-15 judges.

Preliminary Round Presentation Judging [Model - 70 points and Presentation - 70 points]
On the competition day, total time for presentation and judging is 15 minutes.

  • Each team will present their city for 7 minutes to a team of 3-4 judges. Then the teams will be questioned for an additional 8 minutes to see how well they have performed their research. 
  • The judges are rotated in a matrix fashion to provide as even a judging as possible.
  • Overtime penalty applies (Score deduction will be given soon by Regional Coordinator)

Final Round Presentation Judging 
Using the scores from the virtual design, essay/abstract, model, project plan/completion document and presentations, the five top teams will be selected to participate in the final round judging.  The five finalists will give their presentations to a team of celebrity judges to select the regional winner, which will be our entry Team to the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

Competition Awards
At the region competition, each team will also be competing for 11 special awards, each with medals for team members. No certificates will be provided for special award winners.

At the region competition, each team will also be competing for a special national award, winner with medals for team members, five plaques, and $100 for the school. No certificates will be provided for special award winners

  • NCEES: Best Land Surveying Practices
  • Description: The design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public’s safety and welfare.  

The first place team will have their model shipped to Washington, DC and the team will receive a trip to Washington to participate in the National Future City Competition during National Engineers Week. Regional winning team, consisting of 3 students, a teacher and a mentor will be provided complimentary air travel and lodging for 4 days at Washington, DC during the national competition. 3-4 meals will also be complimentary.

At the national, our regional winners will compete with other 36 regional winners for the 5 top national awards. They will also compete for 25 special awards given by various agencies (plaques).

Special Awards
In addition to the competition awards at our Regional Competition, there are a number of special awards provided by corporations, technical societies to schools showing excellence in special categories such as transportation, energy distribution, waste water treatment, manufacturing, fire protection and many others.  (Last year we had 12 different special awards). The goal is to have the teams leave the competition feeling that they have been recognized for their efforts.