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Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok


Program Details

What is the Future City Competition?
Future City Competition is an educational program for middle school students to explore their creative and innovative imaginations to design a city of the future. Students will learn how to apply math, science, engineering and technology to develop a realistic future community and compete for regional prizes, including a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Competition.

The Team
Consists of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in math, science and engineering. There is a limit to how many students may work on the project. Team sizes varies from three to a max of 20 students. (This is a change from previous years, effective 2016.) However, at the regional competition in January, only three students will represent their team and present their city for judging. If there are more than 20 students interested in being part of a team, consider creating multiple smaller sized teams. Each team of students will work with their teacher and engineer mentor to complete all phases of the program while engineering their version of a "future city."

Students will:

  • Use the new SimCity software to design a virtual model of their futuristic city.
  • Create a Project Plan, which mimics the engineering design process.
  • Build a physical 3D model of their city using creative materials such as recycled goods.
  • Demonstrate their writing skills through an essay that:
    • answers the assigned engineering design problem,
    • describes major features and highlights found in the team's future city,
  • Enhance communication skills though a team presentation.

The Teacher
An energetic coach to oversee activities. The teacher will participate as a facilitator and advisor to the team members.

The Engineer Mentor
The mentor serves as an advisor to the students. The mentor's advice can be in the form of technical help as to how science and engineering can be applied to the city, how to build cities, and how to make technical presentations. The mentor will also be able to teach the students about what different types of engineers do and how the profession impacts society. The mentor does not need to be an engineer but someone who who works in the technical field and is willing to show students how to connect Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts to reality and futuristic designs.

Sign-Up Today
Register your team through the National Future City Website today.
Registration for the 2016-17 competition is open until October 31, 2016.


NOTE: Major changes to the program occurred last year, for the 2015-2016 competition year. Please read the PDF below to see what changed, if you are familiar with the old rules. Also, more (but minor) changes occurred this year (2016-2017). Those changes are also listed below.