Texas (Houston)

Regional Coordinator: Moiz Husain, houstonfccoordinator@gmail.com


Building a city of the future is an exciting and complex project. To successfully lead your team through the competition, you've got two powerful tools:

  • The Engineering Design Process--helps you design and build your solution to the Future City challenge.
  • The Project Management Cycle--keeps your project on track.

Click On Leading Your Team for more guidance on the engineering design and project management cycle.

Project Plan [10 points]

Students complete the tool to help them set goals, plan their schedule, monitor their progress and reflect on lessons learned.  The Project Plan will be used with each component of the competition and must be submitted by the deadline.

Virtual City [48 points]

Students design a Virtual City using SimCity software and present their city’s progress via a slideshow presentation by submitting their completed city for judging by the deadline. 

City Description/Essay/Narrative [60 points]

Each student team writes an essay explaining their response to a specific engineering challenge.

Students will think deeply about their city, its population, geographical location, cultural preferences, unique characteristics, and community’s needs. In addition, the City Essay asks students to thoughtfully address this year’s challenge: Design a resilient power grid that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster. (1,500 words maximum)

City Model [70 points]

Students build a physical model of a section 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 and include at least one moving part.

The model must contain at least one moving part, such as a transportation or communications component. There is a $100 limit on the materials used in the physical model, so most teams use "found" items to create their city. The physical model will be judged at the Regional Competition.

City Presentation [70 points]

Each student team gives a timed presentation of their city to a panel of judges during the Regional Competition, then they answer questions from the judges related to their city’s design. Students give a 7-minute presentation about their future city and their solution to the challenge, followed by a 5-8 minute question and answer period with the judges.



Using the scores from the virtual design, essay/abstract, project plan/completion document, city model, and team presentations, five teams will be selected to participate in the final round judging.  The five finalists will give their presentations to a panel of celebrity judges to select the regional winner to move onto nationals. Each qualifying region sends one team to the national competition. For More Information, Contact the Regional Coordinator.



Regional winning team, consisting of 3 students, a teacher and a mentor will be provided complimentary air travel and lodging for 4 days at Washington DC during the national competition. 3-4 meals will also be complimentary. For More Information, Contact the Regional Coordinator.