Welcome to the Minnesota Future City Region!
The 2022-23 Future City Competition will challenge your middle school students to research, design, and create a city that exists 100 years in the future and incorporate futuristic solutions to climate change.
We are planning for an in-person regional and national competitions.
Registration costs just $25.00 per school/organization (to enter the state competition). Each registered school/organization may enter up to three teams into the state competition. A team is defined as 3 presenters, 2 alternates, an educator, and an engineer mentor.
Registration closes October 31, 2022.
Regional Competition Date: January 21th, 2023
Dakota County Technical College (DCTC)
1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068
Virtual or On-site Mentors Welcome
Engineers, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds: you are invited to volunteer as a mentor for the Minnesota Future City Competition (FCC).
Future City mentors volunteer once per week (virtual or in-person) from September to January. Mentors provide advice, guidance, and technical assistance as the students work on the various project components. In the early weeks, you’ll meet with the team to get to know the students and focus them on the big picture: good urban design, an overview of the essay topic, and brainstorming possible solutions. Later, you’ll help with the model, teaching the students about scale, and working on the presentation. Making yourself available by email to review things like the essay and ideas of futuristic components is helpful too. A teacher is also present when you meet with students.
Interested in mentoring? We’ll help you connect with a school near your home or work. Contact Colleen Feller
Engineers, architects, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds: we need your time and expertise!
Future City provides an authentic STEM experience for middle school students around the country. Engineers created this competition and its success is dependent upon continued support from industry professionals and those in the STEM community. Serving as a judge is fun and rewarding. Judges should have a technical background sufficient to understand and evaluate the student’s work. Engineers, city planners, architects, secondary students, and others in the STEM community are welcome and encouraged to volunteer! Future City provides assessment rubrics and training.
There are 2 different judging opportunities:
Essay Judge – virtual – volunteers read 5 research essays written by the students on the “Climate Change Challenge” theme. A rubric and scoresheet are provided. Scores are submitted electronically. Time commitment: 3 hours. Essays are available to be judged starting in mid-December. Scores are due in early January. Read more about the essay »
City Model/Presentation Judge – in person – volunteers come to the MN Regional Finals on 1/21/23 at Dakota County Technical College from 8am-noon. Judges listen to 6 different student teams give a 7-minute presentation, then ask the students follow-up questions about their city model. Judges are in teams of two. Friends can request to judge as a team. A rubric and scoresheet are provided. Coffee, treats, and lunch are provided to judges as well. It’s fun and rewarding.
Register to be a judge here (choose “Minnesota” as your state): Register here »
*Be sure to select “regional competition judge” and choose “Minnesota” as your region.
Contact Colleen Feller, MN FCC Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-638-1511.
Sponsors & Partners
Platinum Contributor ($4,000 and above)
Gold Contributors ($2,500 to $3,999)
Silver Contributors ($1,500 to $2,499)
Bronze Contributors ($500 to $1,499)
Alliant Engineering, Inc.
American Engineering Testing (AET)
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) – Upper Midwest Region
Great River Energy
Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS)
Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies (MFESTS)
Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE)
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
Project Management Institute Education Foundation (PMIEF)
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Competition Host Site
Dakota County Technical College
The Future City Competition was offered for the first time in Minnesota during the 2000-2001 school year. Seventeen schools participated during that inaugural year. Since then, Future City Minnesota has grown–25 to 40 schools participate each year. Our mission has remained the same: to expose middle school students to engineering in a creative, hands-on way.
Below are the 1st place winners from each year, as well as the location of the regional competition.
|Date||First Place Winner||Regional Competition Venue|
|2000-2001||Chippewa Middle School (Mounds View)||St. Anthony High School|
|2001-2002||Chippewa Middle School||Science Museum of Minnesota|
|2002-2003||Cook County Middle School (Grand Marais)||FAIR School (Crystal)|
|2003-2004||Chippewa Middle School||FAIR School|
|2004-2005||Blackhawk Middle School (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan)||FAIR School|
|2005-2006||Chippewa Middle School||FAIR School|
|2006-2007||Valley Middle School (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan)||FAIR School|
|2007-2008||Chippewa Middle School||University of St. Thomas|
|2008-2009||Cook County Middle School||University of St. Thomas|
|2009-2010||Chippewa Middle School||University of St. Thomas|
|2010-2011||St. Francis of Assisi School (Rochester Catholic Schools)||University of Minnesota|
|2011-2012||Blackhawk Middle School (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan)||University of Minnesota|
|2012-2013||Grandview Middle School (Westonka)||University of Minnesota|
|2013-2014||Lifelong Learning Center (Maple Plain)||University of Minnesota|
|2014-2015||Orono Middle School||University of Minnesota|
|2015-2016||Olson Middle School (Bloomington)||Dunwoody College of Technology|
|2016-2017||St. Francis of Assisi School (Rochester Catholic Schools)||Dunwoody College of Technology|
|2017-2018||Justice Page Middle School (Minneapolis)||Dakota County Technical College|
|2018-2019||Justice Page Middle School (Minneapolis)||Dakota County Technical College|
|2019-2020||Justice Page Middle School (Minneapolis)||Dakota County Technical College|
|2020-2021||Roseville Area Middle School||Virtual|
|2021-2022||Justice Page Middle School (Minneapolis)||Dakota County Technical College|