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Volunteer as a Judge

Engineers, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds: you are invited to volunteer as a judge 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.

Judging Opportunities (rubrics and score sheets are provided)

  • Virtual Cities – Students submit slides that document what they learned from using SimCity. Judges download a PDF at home and submit scores online. SimCity software is not needed to judge!
  • City Essay – Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s Power of Public Space challenge. Judges download a PDF at home and submit scores online. The City Essay combines past years City Narrative and Research Essay deliverables.
  • City Models and Presentation – Judges attend the regional competition on January 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and evaluate the students’ presentation and city models. Volunteers judge in teams. Lunch is provided.

You are invited to judge all three parts of the competition, or just one or two. Questions? Please contact Colleen Feller at 612-638-1511 or colleen.feller@metroecsu.org

Sign up to be a judge at: https://secure.futurecity.org/Minn/Judge