Press Kit

Future City 2024


More than 60,000 students compete every year from 37+ regions in the United States and three from China. Join us in Washington, D.C. for the Future City 2024 Finals!

Congratulations to the Regional Teams advancing to Finals –  To be announced! Check back here at the end of January! 

Future City has something for Educators, Students, and Mentors—working as a team.

Press Releases:

Farnsworth Middle School Wins 2024 Prestigious Middle School STEM Competition–Future City

WASHINGTON DC February 20, 2024 – The future city “He Hika”, engineered by the Dutchman Ducks student team from Farnsworth Middle School, NY, has won the Grand Prize at the 32nd year of the prestigious international DiscoverE 2024 Future City® Competition. The students – Anika, Darshana, and Levi – teamed with educator Kelly Werner as well as volunteer mentor Jennifer Smith, to earn this year’s top honors..

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Westlake High School Wins 2024 Prestigious High School STEM Competition–Future City

WASHINGTON DC February 20, 2024 – Ampere – engineered by students from Westlake High School, Austin, TX– has won the Grand Prize at the inaugural international DiscoverE 2024 Future City® High School Competition. The students – Arnav, Arya, Aditya, Miranda – teamed with Coach Taryna Patel to earn the top honors.

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Middle-Schoolers Lead the ‘Charge’ Toward Sustainable Cities at the 32nd Annual Future City® STEM Competition
Coinciding with the Release of CITIES OF THE FUTURE, a Film for IMAX and Giant Screens

Washington, DC, January 30, 2024 – The Future City® Competition, a premier STEM engineering challenge for middle school students, proudly unveils the finals of its 2023-24 season, set to take place in Washington DC from February 17-20, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. This year’s competition, themed “Electrify Your Future,” challenges 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students to design 100% fully electric cities powered by clean, green, and renewable energy sources.

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DiscoverE Announces Judging Opportunities for the 32nd Annual Global Future City Competition: Electrify Your Future

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2023 –DiscoverE (Discover Engineering), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of engineers, is calling on engineering and technical professionals along with anyone who wants to make a difference, to volunteer as judges for the 32nd Annual Future City Competition. Judging opportunities are available in January (select a region near you), or February at the global finals competition in Washington, DC, or virtually in January or February.

This year’s Future City® Competition challenges middle school students to imagine and design future cities that are fully electric and powered by clean, green, and renewable energy sources. Students will present their visions of the future through a city essay, a scale model, a project plan, and a presentation.

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Award-Winning Future City Competition Announces Theme for 2023-24: Electrify Your Future

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 3, 2023 – Every day we plug in and power up, thanks to electricity. Electricity is essential for heating, cooling, and ventilation. There is a growing consensus that future cities could be powered completely by electricity.

This year’s Future City® Competition challenges middle school students to explore: What clean, green, and renewable energy sources could power the electrical grid? How would these sources generate enough electricity for industry, transportation, agriculture, residential, and commercial uses? And to imagine what future cities will be like when engineers find and implement solutions to the challenge of electrifying our cities.

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Fact Sheet:

  • The 32nd annual Future City Competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade STEM students is September 2023 through February 2024. This year’s Future City challenge is to design a 100% electrically powered city with energy generated from sources that keep their citizens and the environment healthy and safe.
  • Competition finals of nationwide regional winners are held during Engineer’s week, February 18 to 20, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Winners will be announced February 20, 2024.

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What teachers, students, and volunteers are saying:

“Students research, write, build, think, and work as a team. We have lots of clubs at my school, but I think Future City is the most inclusive of all the things we try to teach our kids.”

– John Boyd
Haynes Magnet School
North Carolina Educator

“I think Future City is an easy way to have students have fun and learn about engineering.”

– 7th Grade Student

“As a judge, I was amazed with the intelligence and quick thinking that they showed during the questions and answers period. I am quite optimistic with the future of our world after seeing the tremendous young talents gathered from all over the world.”

– Desmond Chan
Finals Judge

“The middle schoolers liked running ideas past me and being treated like a colleague. It gave them the sense that what they were doing wasn’t confined to the classroom – it felt like the real-world.”

– Jarom Wagoner, AICP
Senior Planner for the City of Caldwell, Idaho



Future City is open to kids in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are from the same school, a home school environment or are members of a nationally, regionally, or state-recognized youth-focused organization, such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, or 4-H.

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