2020-2021 Competition Updates

2020-2021 Competition Updates

Future City has made several adaptations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding the school year and extracurricular activities. Bookmark this page for continued important updates throughout the program cycle!

Going "Virtual" this Cycle

Deliverable updates

Download this information as a PDF file.

Each deliverable has a short informational video - find those links below.

City Essay:

City Model:

  • Teams build a physical model of their future city (to scale) using recycled materials.
  • Teams may create a single model OR multiple model segments.
  • Using a provided template, teams will submit a PDF slideshow containing photos and accompanying descriptions of their model prior to the Regional Competition.
  • 65 points
  • Watch this short video about the City Model deliverable.

City Video Presentation:

  • Teams record a 7-minute video presentation about their city.
  • The recorded video is due prior to the virtual Regional Competition. Check with your Regional Coordinator for specific deadlines.
  • The question and answer session with judges will be separate (see below).
  • Rubric is based on presentation content rather than video production.
  • 50 points
  • Watch this short video about the City Presentation deliverable.

City Q&A:

  • Q&A with judges has its own rubric this year, rather than being included in the City Presentation.
  • In order to maintain the interaction between students and professionals that makes Future City so special, teams will have an expanded 10-minute Q&A session with judges from the engineering, technical, and city design fields.
  • Sessions will be conducted live via a video conferencing platform and scheduled by your Regional Coordinator.
  • 25 points
  • Watch this short video about the City Q&A deliverable.

Project Plan:

Remember: the Virtual City Slideshow is no longer a required deliverable. Teams can use SimCity as an educational tool (codes will be provided) but nothing is submitted or scored.

Educator Support

Future City HQ is hosting informal "office hours" for educators. These are opportunities to ask questions and share your own experiences and best practices.

  • First session: Wednesday, September 23. Watch the recording
  • Second session tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 5th. Registration link coming soon!
  • Future sessions will be announced soon!


Email info@futurecity.org.