Our local mission is much the same as the national mission. Although this is a competition, we hold the spirit of knowledge to be our number one priority. We aim to see students of all backgrounds throughout New England gaining appreciation for their infrastructure and those who make it possible. We also want the students to understand the design process and work in teams in a similar way to engineering professionals. We want the students to broaden their perspectives on the way the world works and the ways they may want to contribute to it in the future. Lastly, it is our mission to bring each and every student participating (and their school faculty, parents, mentors, and all involved) a positive learning experience full of fun, teamwork and creativity.
Last year was crazy, and I am so happy that we had so many of you participating. This year, we have this well thought out and you can start at any time to prepare for our VIrtual (and possibly hybrid) New England Regional Future City Competition. It will be a one day event on January 22, 2022. For this to be successful, we need to have slightly early due dates. Essays will need to be turned in before Santa flies by (12/24/21 at MIDNIGHT, of course), and we will give teams until Sunday, January 9th at midnight to finish up the videos, model slideshows and project plans.
It is great to see the project plans, essays, model slideshows and videos roll in! The official contest seems to be a little small this year, but believe me -- we TOTALLY understand how hard it was to get all the deliverables together this year!
Components that have been submitted have been assigned for judging, plus it is still okay to turn in components. In fact, even after the competition, we are still happy to judge components! Sure, they won't count towards the national competition, but that is okay!
Our Regional Finals are scheduled for February 20th, and we will…more
You are all invited to tune in! Follow this link: https://wit.edu/webinar/water-reuse
Webinar: Water Reuse Applications, December 9, 12:00-1:00 PM.
According to the EPA, nearly 80% of states in the US anticipate water shortages within the next 10 years. How can we supplement current water supplies while guaranteeing the safety and reliability of alternative water sources? Dive deep into current practices and future applications. To register: https://lnkd.in/eMaVsdh
The webinar will…more
The whole Future City crew would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Our one big change since we announced due dates: The essay due date has been moved to January 11th.
Here is the list of due dates:
Congrats to the 28 schools and programs that have registered! For those who haven't, registration closes at midnight on Halloween!
Here is the schedule:
- Close registration 10/31
- Home school affidavit by Dec 1
- Essays due Jan 2nd
- Post models and presentation videos, plus all forms, by Jan 18th
- Schedule the Q&A’s From Jan 18 to Feb 15
- Announce the top 5 teams by Feb 16
- Post the top 5 videos and model powerpoints online, announce time for livestream regional final on Feb 20.
- Regional final (show video and…
How does this competition happen every year? Although I may be the most visible person in some years, and we have had many other great leaders like Lisa Freed, Michelle (Jose) Cheung, Olivia Richards and Alyson Stuer, there has been one person that always, year after year, has silently done much of the difficult work to make the contest happen: Alicia DiCecca. I know she doesn't like taking center stage, so she may not even be happy about me writing this, but Alicia really deserves an incredible amount of the credit for making the contest happen. She takes care of the whole database,…more
While I know the school year is very different than any in the past, WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY! We have 21 schools registered so far and with that, some of our perennial faves have not yet registered, so please, even though you have til the end of October technically, please register now so we can better plan.
All New England states are represented right now except the land of coffee milk and Del's lemonade (Rhode Island) -- I know a BUNCH of great engineers that can help any Rhode Island team so SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP GET A RHODE ISLAND TEAM ONBOARD!
Also, for the regulars that…more
Hi everyone! It's Reed from Future City New England. While the world seems a little crazy right now, Future City is like a bright spot on the horizon. As everyone can imagine, things may be a little different last year, but I pledge to make Future City an unforgettable, inspiration for our students across New England in the coming year. I thought this past event was one of the best ever. I really want to thank WPI for being such a wonderful new partner!
One change from last year -- Alyson Stuer has stepped down as co-chair. I am hoping all of you will reach out to her and thank…more
On July 16th, the BSCES Annual Awards Dinner was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With an attendance of 180 the evening was spent celebrating the year's accomplishments of which included two recognitions of Future City.
The first was the great efforts of Suzanne Collins, of Birchland Park Middle School, who have been involved in the program for over 15 years. As a STEAM and Coding teacher she has helped many of her students to take part in Future City. Her efforts were recognized with the award for Pre-College Educator of the Year. The award couldn’t go to a more…more
We are excited to announce the theme for 2020 Future City Competition is Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow. Registration is now open and you can register here. This year’s competition will draw on the resiliency themes of the past and students will work to solve present and future water problems.
We are thrilled to have a great year ahead with lots of information coming your way! If you have any questions along the way feel free to contact NewEngland@…more
We are pleased to announce all in the New England Region that the competition for the 2019-2020 Future City year is open! As always we want every student to have the opportunity to partake and as such we encourage educators to sign up as partial competitors if they do not want to complete all competition deliverables. All students are welcome to our competition day on January 26th 2020 so mark you calendars and get ready for another amazing year! When you sign up please contact NewEngland@FutureCity.org with any questions!more
It was a beautiful Saturday as the 27 well-prepared teams arrived the New England Regional Finals. With a new coordinator, Alyson Stuer, and in a new home, Watertown Middle School, there was an incredible energy in the building as the students discussed their cities, their plans for being resilient in the event of a natural disaster, ans a whole broad range of concepts they have researched for the competition.
The top 3 teams were selected to present before the full crowd in the final round. The 3 were Newtopia, Peluang and Silver Bay. We are very proud of the team that will…more
It is January 2019 already, and we can count down on the days to this year's competition (January 26). By now most people taking part in Future City 2018-19 Competition have some kind of idea of what their model will look like. With this year's theme in mind, our models should incorporate endowing cities to make it through or bounce back from crises resulting from natural disasters, climate change and depletion of natural resources. For instance, how would you have designed Peurto Rico to avoid the devastating Hurricane Maria, or prepared countermeasures to the…more
The United States is experiencing an increase in the severity of critical incidents. Extension agents play a significant role in enabling families, communities, and businesses to sustain themselves through these catastrophic events. A substantial body of scientific knowledge is available to guide Extension efforts in enhancing local sustainability. The literature indicates that our nation must adopt a strategy of continuous, sustainable hazards mitigation.more
The New England Region has announced this year’s deliverable deadlines!
- Honor Staement - Thursday, November 1, 2018
- Media Form - Monday, December 3, 2018
- Virtual City - Monday, December 10, 2018
- City Essay - Monday, December 17, 2018
- Project Plan - Monday, January 7, 2019
- Competition Expense Form - Monday, January 21, 2019
- City Model & Presentation - Saturday, January 26, 2019
For any questions between now and competition day, email firstname.lastname@example.org…more
Teachers, Students, Mentors, and Volunteers,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 year! The 2018-2019 theme is Powering Our Future! Teams will design a resilient power grid for their future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.
This year Reed Brockman is back as a Regional Co-Coordinator bringing all of the experience of the past years and joining him is Alyson Stuer. In additional to your regional co-coordinators we will have a number of support positions as our committee grows to support the…more