Texas (Houston)

Regional Coordinator: Moiz Husain, houstonfccoordinator@gmail.com

BUILD CITY MODEL - 65 points

  • Teams build a physical model of their future city (to scale) using recycled materials.
  • Teams may create a single model OR multiple model segments.
  • Using a provided template, teams will submit a PDF slideshow containing photos and accompanying descriptions of their model prior to the Regional Competition.
  • 65 points
  • Watch this short video about the City Model deliverable.

Students build a physical representation of their city using recycled materials. In addition to showcasing their city of the future, the City Model must also show the team’s solution to this year’s challenge. The model must have at least one moving part, be built to scale, and may not exceed the $100 expense budget.

Explain to your team that engineers, architects, scientists, and city planners all use models and visuals like slideshows to communicate their ideas, share their research, and predict the success of their design. Emphasize that the ideas represented in the City Model should be in alignment with their City Essay.

New format for 2020-2021: To accommodate both in-person and virtual learning environments, there are two model building options for the 2020-2021 competition. Both options will be submitted via a slideshow format prior to the Regional Competition.

  • Option 1: Your team can choose to build one single model.
  • Option 2: Your team can choose to build multiple model segments. These model segments are separate pieces that represent various sections of the city. Model segments do not need to fit together physically.

After constructing the model or model segments, each team will complete a slideshow (using the provided template) that showcases their city via photos, a link to a short video of the moving part, and brief descriptions of their work. Slideshows will be scored by judges using the rubric on page 69.

Here are some 2018-2019 models: See our instagram or futurecity.org/resources for last year models. 

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