Engineers, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds: you are invited to volunteer as a mentor for the Minnesota Future City Competition (FCC)
FCC is an engineering education program for 6th-8th graders in which students design and build “cities of the future,” first virtually with SimCity software, and then physically by creating a tabletop scale model. Students also research and write an essay on an engineering challenge. This year’s competition will culminate at our final event on January 21, 2017 at Dunwoody College of Technology, where students will display their city models and give presentations about their cities.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016-17, this year’s Future City Competition asks middle school students to address The Power of Public Space and challenges them to design innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves a city’s diverse population.
Future City mentors volunteer at a middle school once per week from September to January. Mentors provide advice, guidance, and technical assistance as the students work on the various project components. In the early weeks, you’ll meet with the team to get to know the students and focus them on the big picture: good urban design, an overview of the essay topic, and brainstorming possible solutions. Later, you’ll help with the model, teaching the students about scale, and working on the presentation. Making yourself available by email to review things like the essay and ideas of futuristic components is helpful too. A teacher is also present when you meet with students.
Interested in mentoring? We'll help you connect with a school near your home or work. Contact Colleen Feller
Thank you to the engineers and other professionals from the following entities who served as mentors during the 2015-2016 Future City Competition: