The Future City Competition consists of five deliverables. These deliverables document the team’s progress through the engineering design process and showcase the team’s city of the future. Teams are judged and scored on all deliverables.
Virtual City Design - 48 pointsTOP
Students design a virtual city using SimCity software and present their city's progress via a slideshow presentation. This simulated design experience teaches students city planning, helps them see the consequences of their decisions, and gives them a chance to explore various layouts and designs for their future city. Typically due in November or December, but check with your local Regional Coordinator for your region’s specific deadline. Read more.
City Essay - 60 pointsTOP
Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and their solution to this year's challenge: Identify an issue that senior citizens have and engineer two innovative solutions so they can remain active and independent. Typically due in November or December. Check with your local Regional Coordinator for your region’s due date. Read more.
City Model - 70 pointsTOP
Students build a scale model of a section of their city using recycled materials and including at least one moving part. Due at the Regional Competition. Read more.
City Presentation - 70 pointsTOP
Students give a 7-minute presentation (followed by a 5–8 minute question and answer period with the judges) discussing features of their future city and their solution to the citywide challenge. Due at the Regional Competition. Read more.
Project Plan - 10 pointsTOP
Students work with their team to complete a project plan to help them stay organized and focused with the Future City project. Due one week before the Regional Competition. Check with your local Regional Coordinator for your region’s due date. Read more.