Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Regional Coordinator: Lisa Kosick


Welcome to the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition Site!

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. The 2017-2018 challenge is "The Age-Friendly City".  Students are tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables seniors to remain active, independent and engaged.

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Winners will represent Pittsburgh at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.


National Competition Update

Congratulations to The Ellis School, for placing 15th in the National Future City Competition! The Ellis School was the winning team from the Pittsburgh Regional Competition, and represented Pittsburgh in the Nationals, held in Washington, D.C., over National Engineers Week. Overall, 44 teams competed in the national competition.

Video of the event can be viewed here.


The 2018 Pittsburgh Regional Competition was held on January 20, 2018 at Carnegie Music Hall.  Congratulations to the following winners:

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1st place: The Ellis School

2nd place: St. Bernadette School (see their presentation at

3rd place: St. Bede School

4th place: Marion Center Jr/Sr High School

5th place: Ligonier Valley Middle School

Special Award Winners (pdf)


Future City Pittsburgh Alumnus of the Year - Stephen Canton

Future City NATIONAL Alumnus of the Year - Stephen Canton


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National Future City News:


We hope to see you on January 19, 2019!



The 2017 Future City Competition team from Baden Academy Media Lab shares their experience, watch here!

The 2016 competition impacted this young engineer. Listen to Timothy Snyder, 6th grade Future City participant, speaking on TED Ed Club about one inspiring judge.


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National Competition Finals

DiscoverE provides the airfare and hotel accommodations for the five winning team members from each region. Team members are responsible for all additional expenses such as ground transportation and meals.


The National First Place team will win a trip to the U.S. Space Camp. Other prizes include scholarships, computers and savings bonds. In addition, teams were eligible for special awards and recognition sponsored by engineering societies and other organizations.


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