New York (New York City)

Regional Coordinator: Karen Armfield, P.E.

Welcome to Future City New York City!

The Future City Competition is a non-profit national competition sponsored by the engineering community to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students. 


The competition consists of three phases:

1) Design a city on the computer using the SIM City software.

2) Write an Essay and Abstract about the city.

3) Make a scale model of the city and present your city to a panel of engineer judges on the day of the competition.


Mentoring: Each team is matched with an Engineer Mentor who will visit the school periodically over the course of the competition and help the students learn about how engineers design and develop the infrastructure of a city.


Who can participate: The regional competition is open to all public, private, and parochial Middle Schools (6th, 7th & 8th grade) from the New York City Metropolitan Area.


When does the competition start: The competition runs from September to January each year.   Registration for the 2018-2019 will open in the late fall via We recommend you register early in order to have more time to complete the program.


When is the competition: This year’s regional competition was held  on Saturday January 20, 2018 at PS126 in Lower Manhattan.


Goal: To foster an interest in math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications. 


Result: Students will learn how math, science and engineering shape the infrastructure of the city around them. Students also learn life skills such as problem solving, teamwork, research, written and verbal communication, computer literacy, and gain an increased awareness of community related issues. 


Prizes: The winning team from the Regional Competition will have an opportunity to compete in the National Competition in Washington DC, where the national winning team receives a trip to Space Camp. 


January 23, 2018






1st Place: Cosmopolis, Columbia Secondary School

2nd Place: Stimonsville, Stimsonville Middle School

3rd Place: Oasis (C.I.C.A.D.A.), Bay Academy

4th Place: Rydell City, Louis Pasteur MS67

5th Place: Optiplex, Eugenio Mario DeHostos IS 318

For a full list of winners click here.

For photos of the Regional Competition

February 25, 2016
Team Name School Name Student 1 Student 2 Student 3
Evolisiona Islip Middle School Molly Breakstone Victoria Pearsall Sofia Rubinson
Pergamen Louis Pasteur MS 67 Reva Singh Cassandra NG Alex Von Schmeling
Lone Tree City Columbia Secondary School Theodore Frye Yanos Allison Pasbjerg Haroon…
August 13, 2014

The Power of Public Space is the essay topic for this year

Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s challenge:The Power of Public Spaces.

Imagine what it would be like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What would you hear, see, smell, and feel? How would the people who live in the future city describe it? What would visitors say about it? How is it different from cities of today? What makes it futuristic and innovative? The City Essay gives…

September 12, 2012



Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 Future City Competition! I hope your new school year is off to a great start and I am glad to see you've decided to participate in Future city again this year. Below are some general advice on the various components of the program, for detailed instructions see the National Website “Competition Deliverables” area for ideas, instructions, scoring rubrics and tips for success.


Part 1 Sim City:


SIM CITY Computer Design: To get started, please download your…

September 26, 2011


First: take some paper and pencil and plan with your students…


Ask them to discuss the questions below…


How should you lay out your city?



What are the important qualities they would like to see in their city?



What kind of transportation? There should be multiple choices.



How far should the houses be from the workplaces? How will the people get to work?



What kind of homes? Make sure they are looking at all segments of the population…