How Does
Future City High School Work?

Future City High School is an educational engineering experience where students become the engineers with a chance at winning scholarship and cash prizes!

Throughout the fall, teams of 3-5 students and 1 Coach work together to bring their vision of their future city to life.

They will imagine what it’s like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? From this starting point, they will design a futuristic city with innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing sustainability issues.

As the high school students create their cities, they will:

  • Use the engineering design process and project management steps to take on a large-scale project;
  • Apply their math and science knowledge to a real-world problem;
  • Strengthen their teamwork and problem-solving skills;
  • And more!

Created for high schoolers in or out of the classroom, Future City combines the engineer design process (EDP) with project management to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.

Levels of Participation

Future City High School offers 2 ways to participate: Program Access and Competition Access. Please refer to the table below to choose the best option for your team.

Participation LevelsProgram
Future City Program Handbook
Resources and Activities
Monthly Coaches Calls
Deliverable Instructions & Rubrics
Digital Platform Support
Ability to Submit Deliverables
Feedback from Judges
Special Awards
Scholarship & Cash Prize Eligibility
Cost (per team)$300*$375

*Convert to Competition Access anytime after registration for an additional $150.

Competition Deliverables

Qualification Round

A virtual round where your essay and model are scored by judges from all over the world!



City Essay

Teams describe the unique attributes of their city and their solution to the annual challenge (2,000-word max.) 



City Model

Teams build a digital model of their city using Revit. 

Finals Round

An in-person round for qualifying finalists held in Washington, DC. where teams present their city and answer questions in front of a panel of STEM professionals.



Presentation / Q&A

Teams have seven minutes to present their city’s futuristic innovations. Teams then answer questions for a panel of STEM professionals.

How to Get Started

Set Up a Coach Account

Set up a new Coaches account in the Competition Management System (CMS) in order to register your team(s), access resources, and submit deliverables. This is also referred to as the Coaches Dashboard.

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Register Your Team(s)

Choose the level of participation that best suits you and your team(s): Program Access or Competition Access. Please refer to the table above to see what each level offers.  

Name and Build Your Team(s)

Logged into your Coaches account, you will be able to give your city the unique name it deserves. You will also be able to attach students that have created their own student account to a team.

Please note, all students must have a student account in order to be placed on a team and be officially recognized.

Get to Work and HAVE FUN!

Read the FCHS Handbook thoroughly to understand the process and rules. Exploring the Coaches Dashboard, you will be able to see the resources, rubrics, and manage your team(s). Check out the schedule to start developing your timeline for researching, drafting, designing, and building. 

Switch to Competition Access - Optional

At any time, teams registered for Program Access can switch to Competition Access where they receive additional benefits and can submit deliverables for competition. 

Other Competition Take Aways and Benefits

After the Qualification Round, top teams will be invited by DiscoverE to advance to Finals in Washington, DC. *Details on team pricing packages, scholarships, and prizes will be released soon.  

Future City T-shirt

Prizes and Awards

National Recognition

Competition Experience*