Idaho

Regional Coordinator: Lynn Olson, P.E.

Welcome to the Idaho Region of the Future City Competition™.  This website contains information about the Idaho Regional Competition for interested students, teachers, parents and volunteers.   

About Future City Future City™Competition, in its 26th year nationally and 14th year in Idaho, is a free educational program for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students run entirely by volunteers throughout the state. It is a national program that fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications.

 The Future City Program combines an engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application as students present their vision of a city of the future by working in teams along with their teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor. Teams of students (minimum of three per team) will perform the following tasks:

  • Students are given SimCity4 software, which they use to design their own "future city" while taking into account real life design considerations such as energy needs, traffic density, and pollution.
  • Next, the students research and write and essay on a given engineering topic. 
  • The students must also build a model (50" x 25" x 20") of a portion of their city using recycled materials.
  • Finally, they present the whole package to a panel of judges at the Idaho Competition.

The preparation starts in August-October. Regional competitions are in January.  

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Mark your calendar for the 14th Idaho Regional Competition that will be held on Saturday January 20th at Boise State University.

Dates and Deadlines - The submittal deadlines for the program deliverables include:

  • Sim City - Wednesday, Wednesday, December 6th (accepted a week (12/13) late w/5 point deduction and two weeks late (12/20) w/10 point deduction)
  • City Description  -  Wednesday, December 13th (accepted up to a week late (12/20) with a 5 point deduction)
  • Project Plan - Saturday January 13th 
  • Model/Presentation - Saturday January 20th at the Idaho Regional Future City Competition

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Results from 13th Idaho Regional 2016-17

The 13th Idaho Regional Competition was held at Boise State University on January 21, 2017. This year's competition included 30 teams from 16 different schools. Participants came from all over Idaho including Blackfoot, Boise, Caldwell, Hailey, Homedale, Kuna, Meridian, Nampa, and Sandpoint, as well as Park City, Utah!

1st place went to Victory Middle School's Future City Ecological Community of Shanghai, or ECOS. Students Hannah Chalom, Brian Fitzgerald and Elliot (Yohan) Lim and alternate Eva Stave, along with teacher Caitlin Scott and mentor April Fitzgerald will represent Idaho at the 25th National Future City Finals February 18-21 in Washington, D.C.  They also won special awards for Best Virtual City and Materials Science sponsored by Micron.  Congratulations ECOS and good luck at Nationals!.

2nd place went to Homedale Middle School's Future City Phosphora. They also won the special award for Best City Essay.

3rd place went to Park City Day School's Future City Straight Out of Park City or SOPC. They also won the special award for Best Project Plan.

4th place went to Sacred Heart Catholic School's Future City Auutus. They also won the special award for Best City Presentation.

5th place went to Falcon Ridge Charter School's Future City Stembrooke. They also won the special award for Multidisciplinary Studies sponsored by the University of Idaho's College of Engineering.

Additional Special Awards, Sponsors and Winners are listed below.  

  • Best City Model  - Sacred Heart Catholic School's Torino
  • Most Sustainable Use of Existing Resources (sponsored by Boise State University College of Engineering) - Excelsior Co-op Homeschool's Summit City
  • Best Electrical Power Delivery System (sponsored by Bonneville Power Administration) - Wood River Middle School's Metatropia
  • Most Holistic City (sponsored by CH2M) - Syringa Middle School's La Cuidad de Rojo Gigantes
  • Best Access to Public Spaces (sponsored by Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho) - St Marks' Moon Valley
  • Best Soil Conservation Practices (sponsored by Geo Engineers) - Syringa Middle School's Castia
  • Best Management of Water Resources (sponsored by HDR, Inc.) -  Idaho Science & Technology Charter School's Kollane
  • Best Protection of the Public’s Safety through Engineering Practices (sponsored by Idaho Society of Professional Engineers) - St Marks' Blue Coast
  • Surveyor’s Choice Award (sponsored by Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors) -  Sandpoint Middle School's Capitol City
  • Best Industrial/Commercial Layout (sponsored by Idaho State University's College of Science and Engineering) - Washington Elementary's City of Futuristic 4
  • Best Futuristic City - (sponsored by Idaho STEM Action Center) - Sandpoint Middle School's Fremitidens By
  • Best Use of Renewable Energy - (sponsored by Idaho STEM Action Center) - Wood River Middle School's OB City
  • Most Comprehensive Use of Smart Grid Technology  - (sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) - Park City Day School's Land Far Away
  • Most Multimodal Transportation Network - (sponsored by Institute of Transportation Engineers – Idaho Chapter) - Sandpoint Middle School's Richberg
  • Most Efficient & Creative Transit System - (sponsored by Kittelson & Associates, Inc) - St Marys' Spartans in the Jungle
  • Best Innovative Solution for Small Community (sponsored by Local Highway Technical Assistance Council Employees) -  Washington Elementary's Futuristic Final 4
  • Materials Science Award - (sponsored by Micron Technology, Inc.) -  Victory Middle School's Ecological Community of Shanghai, or ECOS
  • Best Land Surveying Practices Award (sponsored by National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying) - Wood River Middle School's Olympus
  • Most Secure City (sponsored by STRATA) - Excelsior Co-op Homeschool's Atlantis 2.0
  • Best Consideration of Air Transportation (sponsored by T-O Engineers, Inc.) - Victory Middle School's New Aberdeen
  • Multidisciplinary Solutions (sponsored by University of Idaho College of Engineering) -  Falcon Ridge Charter School's Stembrooke
  • Most Accessible City (sponsored by WH Pacific, Inc.) - Sacred Heart Catholic School's Ohadi