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 30th year nationally and 18th 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 research and write and essay on a given engineering topic. This year's theme: A Waste-Free Future! Teams will use the three principles of a circular economy to design a futuristic, waste-free city.
  •  The students build a model of a portion of their city to scale using recycled materials.  Models may be a single large model OR multiple model segments.  Students will present their model using a provided template slideshow containing photos and accompanying descriptions of their model.
  • Teams will record a 7-minute video presentation about their city. The recorded video is due prior to the virtual Regional Competition with only 3 students presenting.
  • In a City Q&A teams will have a 10-minute question-and-answer session with judges from the engineering, technical, and city design fields. Sessions will be conducted live in person. The 3 students in the City Q&A can be different than the 3 students in the video presentation.
  • Teams complete a project plan to help them plan and organize their project.
  • The preparation starts in August-October. Regional competitions are in January.  

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Mark your calendar for the 18th Idaho Regional Competition that will be held on Saturday January 29th

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

  • City Essay - due 12/17/21
  • Project Plan part #1 and part # 2 - due  12/17/21
  • City Model Slideshow - due 1/14/22
  • Project Plan part #3 and part # 4 - due   1/14/22
  • City Video Presentation - due 1/21/22
  • City Presentation Q&A - 1/29/22 in person @ Boise State Student Union Building 
  • Special Awards - 1/29/22 in person @ Boise State Student Union Building

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Results from 17th Idaho Regional 2020-21

Below are the results from the 17th Idaho Regional Future City Competition.  This year's competition included 20 teams from 11 different schools.  Participants came from all over Idaho including Blackfoot, Caldwell, Garden Valley, Idaho Falls (Ammon), Homedale, Kuna, Meridian, Parma, and Sandpoint. 

 

1st place went to Heritage Middle School Future City Selene Students Bridgett Donohue, Aleigh Holmes, and Evan Shaw, along with educator Karl Topping and mentor Roberta Gavins will represent Idaho at the 29th National Future City Finals later this year.

 

2nd place went to Light of Learning Homeschool Future City Luna-Minerale

  

3rd place went to Homedale Middle School Future City Laruna

  

4th place went to Garden Valley School Future City Oasis of the Stars

  

5th place went to Cole Valley Christian School Future City Tongyi

  

 

Below is a list of the special awards, their sponsors, and the winning school and future city:  

  • Best City Essay  - Homedale Middle School Future City Laruna
  • Best City Model  -   Light of Learning Homeschool   Future City Luna-Minerale    
  • Best City Presentation  -   Falcon Ridge Charter  -  Future CIty Nova Citadel  
  • Best Infrastructure System Special Award  (American Society of Civil Engineers Southern Idaho Section - Heritage Middle School Future City Delos
  • Most Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles (Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho) - White Pine STEM Academy Future City Glala CIty
  • Most Innovative Residential Structure (Forsgren Associates ) -  Cole Valley Christian School Future City Tongyi
  • Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques (HDR) - Future City Sandpoint Future City Luna Oppidium
  • Best Commercial/Industrial Layout (Idaho State University College of Science & Engineering) - Idaho Science & Technology Charter Future City Interstellar Valley
  • Best Communications Infrastructure  (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers State & Southwest Chapter)  - Garden Valley Future City Oasis of the Stars
  • Most Multimodal Transportation Network (Institute of Transportation Engineers – Idaho Chapter)   -  Heritage Middle School Future City Praesidium
  • Most Holistic City (Jacobs)  -  Future City Sandpoint Future City Luna Oppidium
  • Best Transportation System (Kittelson & Associates, Inc.) - Garden Valley School Future City Artemis Tides
  • Materials Science (Micron)  - Falcon Ridge Charter School Future City Lunaport
  • Best Land Surveying Practices (National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying)  -  Light of Learning Homeschool   Future City Luna-Minerale  
  • Best Futuristic City (Parametrix)  - Heritage Middle School Future City Selene
  • Best Project Plan (Project Management Institute Western Idaho Chapter)  - White Pine STEM Academy Future City Olympus City
  • Best Project Plan (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation)  - Falcon Ridge Charter Future City Alynthi
  • Greatest Impact on Community (St. Lukes)  - Homedale Middle School Future City Laruna
  • Best Use of Alternative Energy (STRATA, Inc.)  - Falcon Ridge Charter Future City Nova Citadel
  • Best Consideration of Air Transportation (T-O Engineers)  - White Pine STEM Academy Future City Monday
  • Multidisciplinary Solutions  (University of Idaho College of Engineering)  - Cole Valley Christian Future City Tongyi
  • Best Conservation of Water Resources through Reuse  (Western Consulting Group)  - Parma Middle School Future City Lune Light