Competing in Future City

Every member of the team plays an important role:

  • Students generate the ideas, plan their execution, research, write, build, learn, laugh, and present their final product.
  • Teachers organize the team(s), facilitate the learning, and guide the students through their project(s).
  • Mentors serve as team advisors, share their engineering expertise, and help students develop skills like project management and systems thinking skills.  

Form Your Team

How Does it Work?

The competition is made up of five components. Teams are judged and scored on each one and can earn up to 280 points. The Virtual City Design, Research Essay, and City Narrative are all due before the Regional Competitions. The Model and Team Presentation is judged at the Regional Competitions. At Regionals, scores from all five components will be added together to determine the top team. The 1st place team in each region will advance to National Finals held in Washington, DC. (Note: Airfare, hotel accommodations, and a number of meals are paid for by the Future City Competition.) National Finals will be February 13–17, 2016.

Visit the Step-By-Step Guide for more about each component.


Registration is open for the 2015-2016 season.

How is it Scored?

  • 60 points

    Virtual City Design

  • 60 points

    Research Essay

  • 20 points

    City Narrative

  • 70 points

    The Model

  • 70 points

    Team Presentation

  • 280 points

    Total Score