The Future City Competition is a national program sponsored by the engineering community to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students. It is in its 21st year of existence. This is the 18th year the Regional Competition has been held in the State of Washington and the 15th year that it has been hosted by the Seattle Section IEEE in Seattle. The local Regional Competition is organized and managed by a local steering committee and supported financially by local sponsors.
The program fosters an interest in math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications. The competition is open to all public, private, home, and parochial schools. The Regional Finals of the Future City Competition are held in January every year. The National Finals of the Future City Competition are a featured event during National Engineers Week, with students from across the country competing in Washington, D.C. The winning team from Washington State Regional Competition will advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
The Challenge: Design and Build a Future City
The solution includes developing a project plan, a logical model of the city using SimCity 4 software, a team-made physical scale model, an essay, a narrative, and an oral presentation.
1. Computer Design of a Future City
Students will create a PDF presentation of their city. More details can be found in the handbook. (
2. Model of Future City
Students design a virtual city using SimCity software and present their city’s progress via a slideshow presentation. Note that teams will not be uploading their actual game file, but rather a PDF slideshow. (54 points)
3. City Description
Students describe the unique attributes of their city and provide their solution to this year’s Waste Not, Want Not challenge. This 1,500 word essay combines the former Research Essay and City Narrative deliverables. (60 points)
4. Project Plan
Students complete a project plan to help them plan and organize their project. (10 points)
5. Oral Presentation
Students give a 7-minute presentation about their city followed by a short Q&A session. (70 points)