Awards & Prizes

Award NameWinnerSponsorCriteria
People's Choice AwardJerseySTEM, New JerseyDiscoverEThis award is given to the team that is voted by the general public to have the best model.
Best Age-Friendly CityMcCracken Middle School, South CarolinaAARPCity that best exemplifies a great place to grow up and grow old. Incorporates age-friendly planning and design throughout city, such as walkable streets, housing and transportation options accessible to people of all ages, and opportunities to participate in community life.
Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future CityMorgan Fitzgerald Middle School Center for Gifted Studies, Florida (Tampa Bay)American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section (NCS)Teams should develop a clear statement of the use and benefits of aviation and/or space technology in their projects. Projects can be on, in, or above the earth, in space or on other celestial bodies. Special consideration will be given to aviation and/or space technologies used in the displays.
#AQOLFA Award: Advancing Quality of Life for AllAl-Hadi School, Texas (Houston)APWADesign that best demonstrates advancing quality of life for all. Public works is advancing the quality of life for all every day through public services.
Most Sustainable Food Production SystemSt. John Lutheran School, MichiganAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological EngineersDesign that provides the best sustainable food production system while conserving soil, water and energy.
Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure SystemsAnnunciation Catholic School, New MexicoAmerican Society of Civil EngineersDesign that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, water and wastewater) for a community.
Best Integration of Equity in Designing the Built Environment using Nature-Powered SolutionsBHMS, California (Southern)American Society of Landscape ArchitectsThis award recognizes the power of nature, the power of design, and the thoughtful work of landscape architecture. Recipients will show how landscape architects apply design thinking to harness the power of natural resources to solve complex sustainable development challenges. Use your creativity to apply nature-based solutions to address real-world problems such as climate change, air and water pollution, and threats to biodiversity while using fewer resources.
Best Futuristic CitySt. Hugh Catholic School, Florida (South)ASMEUse of futuristic engineering concepts into city's communications, energy, or transportation systems
Best Management of Water ResourcesShenzhen Longhua Minzhi, China (Shenzhen)Bentley Systems, Inc.Efficient design of water treatment and distribution for human consumption, agriculture, industry, recreation, and fire protection. Responsible sewage collection and treatment for environmental protection and community aesthetics. Innovative stormwater collection, treatment, reuse and/or discharge back into the environment.
Best Residential ZoneHeritage Middle School, IdahoChinese Institute of Engineers-USAStrategic placement of residential zones that allow maximum return for quality of life issues.
Most Advanced Smart GridShanghai Wanlicheng Experimental School, China (Shanghai)IEEE-USABest incorporation of Smart Grid technologies for the safe, efficient, and reliable delivery of electricity throughout the city. A Smart Grid is the modernization of the electric power system by applying advanced software tools, computer controls, automation and two-way communications. Benefits include improved reliability, lower energy bills, more energy choices (including renewables such as wind, hydro, and solar), and fewer and shorter power outages.
Excellence in Systems IntegrationJerseySTEM, New JerseyInstitute of Industrial & Systems EngineersDemonstration of excellence in the design of integrated systems of people, material, information equipment, and energy.
Best Land Surveying PracticesWest Ridge Middle School, Texas (North)NCEESThe design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public's safety and welfare.
Mission Possible: Positively Impacting the CommunityRemote Learning Academy, OhioNational Society of Black EngineersThis award is given to the team whose Future City design promotes the best overall quality of life and demonstrates the greatest potential to positively impact the community for a sustainable future.
Best Project PlanWest Middle School, Great PlainsProject Management Institute Educational FoundationTeams should be able to explain how they followed the project cycle when designing their future city. They should be able to clearly communicate their activities in each stage of the project cycle, including how they created their project schedule, assigned responsibilities, and monitored and controlled their work. Finally, teams should be able to explain what they learned during their project by answering the kinds of questions that they ask themselves during their team reflection.
Best Application of Fire Protection Engineering Principles in City DesignEast Oldham Middle School, KentuckySociety of Fire Protection EngineersFire protection engineers use science and technology to make our communities safe from fire. Fire protection engineering features may include structural fire resistance, detection and notification systems, suppression systems, egress systems, and smoke management systems. The fire protection engineer ensures that these features all work together to protect people, property, and the environment from fire.
Excellence in Resilience EngineeringFulton Science Academy, GeorgiaULDemonstration of excellence in the city design of resilient systems that withstand and quickly adapt to adverse circumstances and events like natural disasters.
Best City ModelSt. Clair Junior High, MissouriShellThis award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged during the National Preliminary Judging of the Model.
Best City Presentation VideoWarwick Middle School, Pennsylvania (Central)DiscoverEThis award is given to the team with the overall highest Presentation Video score as judged by the Finals Judges.
Best City EssayAl-Hadi School, Texas (Houston)NASAThis award is given to the team with the overall highest City Essay score as judged by the Finals Judges.