What do judges get out of Future City?
Future City provides an authentic STEM experience for middle school students around the country. Engineers created this competition and its success is dependent upon continued support from industry professionals and those in the STEM community. Serving as a judge is fun and rewarding. Learn more about what Future City is and what being a judge means, and then register today! All judging is virtual this year and you can choose to participate in a specific region or at the Finals level.
What will I do?
You choose which deliverable(s) you want to judge. Want to read short essays? Watch video presentations from teams? Or interact virtually with teams and ask them questions about the project? Learn more about Competition Deliverables.
Who will I help?
The Future City program has been proven to have a significant impact on its young middle-school participants and program alumni remember their interactions with judges for years. Read more about Future City's Community & Impact.
No, but Judges should have a technical background sufficient to understand and evaluate the student’s work. Engineers, city planners, architects, secondary students, and others in the STEM community are welcome and encouraged to volunteer! Future City provides extensive assessment rubrics and training.
The time commitment varies depending on what deliverable(s) you choose to review. Be sure to let the Regional Coordinator how much time you can commit to the program when you first register as a judge and they will make sure you have a judging assignment that is right for you.
In 2020-202, you can judge three deliverables from the comfort of your own home or office: City Model slideshows, City Essays, and City Presentation videos. If you would like to interact directly (and virtually) this cycle, you can choose to be a City Q&A judge. The City Q&A virtual sessions will be scheduled by your Regional Coordinator. Email your Regional Coordinator for more information.
There are online training videos posted on the website for you to review at any time. In addition, every year there is at least one webinar hosted just for judges. Most regions also offer training sessions for rookie judges. Contact your Regional Coordinator to determine their offerings.
If you are serving as a mentor for a team competing at regionals or advising a team in any way, you may not also serve as a judge, due to any perceived or real conflicts of interest. In future years, you may choose to judge rather than mentor a team. Serving as a judge can certainly give you a unique perspective on the competition and improve your ability to serve as a mentor.