Welcome to the North Carolina Future City Program for Middle School Students!
Welcome and thank you for visiting the NC Future City website. This is the 17th year that NC has participated in the Future City program and we are looking forward to another fun and successful year! Our mission is to provide middle school students an opportunity to experience the STEM fields especially the E (engineering) in STEM.
The NC Regional Future City Competition is a state-wide program that teaches 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students problem-solving techniques through hands-on, project- and problem-based learning. Middle school students learn a problem-solving process called the engineering design process (EDP) as they imagine, plan, and create cities of the future. Working as a team, students along with an educator and an engineering mentor, plan a city using SimCity™ software; describe their research and implement solutions to engineering problems via city essays, plan and create tabletop scale models of their cities using recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at annual Regional Competitions.
The NC Regional Future City Competition will be held at NC State University's McKimmon Center on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (INCLEMENT WEATHER DATE: Sunday, January 28, 2018). This year’s theme is “The Age-Friendly City”.
The program is free to NC students and schools. Teachers should register their team online at http://futurecity.org/register. Each participating school may send up to three teams to the competition.