Illinois (Chicago)

Regional Coordinator: Don Wittmer, P.E.

Chicago Regional Competition Day Information

Competition Overview

Check back with us for details on 2022! 


Each team consists of 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students who are interested in math, science, and engineering. At the regional competition in January, only 3 students will be able to present materials, but there is no limit on how many students may work on the entire project throughout the year. The team will work together along with the teacher and engineering mentor to:

  • Use Sim City Software to design a logical computer model of their futuristic city.
  • Build a physical model of their city using creative materials such as recycled goods.
  • Demonstrate their writing skills through an essay and abstract including:

   1) Writing about an assigned engineering design problem, and 

   2 Explaining features of their Sim City computer design.

  • Developing a team presentation on the physical model.

Competition Deadlines

(All closed for 2021-2022). The 2022-2023 Competition will open in August -September 2022.  Check back with us to obtain more details. 

  • Computer City Submittal Deadline 
  • City Description
  • Project Plan 
  • City Model and Presentation 

For more information or to receive information about signing up for the competition, contact Don Wittmer at 312-930-9119 or


Competition Day Info

Competing teams and judges should arrive by 7:30 a.m. to set up and get instructions.

Students -  You will be given a number when you check-in. All teams will stay with their models throughout the morning judging.  We will be doing the preliminary judging on one side of the room while the Special Awards judging takes place at the other side of the room at the same time.  This will give them more time to see the models and talk to the students.  The teams will have time to take breaks when they are not participating in the preliminary judging in the morning.  

Each team will be judged twice by two separate teams of judges.   After the four rounds of judging occur (two for the odd-numbered schools and two for the even-numbered schools), the top 5 teams will be announced.  These teams will then compete in front of a new set of judges. 

Parents, Teachers, and Mentors - The day of the competition will be a fun day for the students.  They work very hard to get to this competition.  We ask that during the judging you stay off to the side and remain quiet.  We understand that you want to coach and take pictures, but this often interferes with the actual judging and may cause a judge to miss critical information the students are relaying. 

Competition Day Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.        Judges have a chance to get an overview of all models. No actual judging.

8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.        All Schools gather in the Thompson ABC Room(s) for instructions to the teams

8:30 a.m.                         Schools at their models as Special Awards judging begins

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.       First round of 5 competing teams will be judged in separate classrooms

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.     Second round 5 competing teams will be judged

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.   Make-Up Time or Short Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Third round of 5 competing teams will be judged

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.   Final 4 competing teams will be judged

12:00 p.m.                      Top 5 schools announced in Thompson ABC room.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Lunch (Pizza and drinks will be provided for your school team (5-6 people)

12:25 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.     Top 5 schools judged (everyone invited to watch)

2:05 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.       TBD 

2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.       TBD

2:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.       School Recognition, Raffle Prizes, and Special Awards presentations