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 23rd year of existence. This is the 20th year the Regional Competition has been held in the State of Washington and the 17th 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.
Virtual City - No longer required deliverable
Students can still explore building virtual city using SimCity software. SimCity codes available upon registration
1. City Model Slide Show - Due 1/07/2022
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. This deliverable is presented virtual with a slide show.
3. City Essay - Due 12/17/21
Students describe the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s challenge: Choose a
threat to the city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.
(1,500 words maximum) Late submital by Jan. 4 - 5 point penalty. by date Jan. 10 - 10 point penalty.
4. Project Plan - 4 Deliverables
Students complete a Project Plan to help them plan and organize their work. They use it throughout the project. (10 points)
- 11/5/2021 Set Goals
- 11/19/2021 Create a Schedule
- 12/17/2021 Conduct Check-in Sessions
- 01/14/2022 Reflect on the project
5. City Presentation- Due 1/14/2022
Students submit a 7-minute presentation about their future city and their solution to the challenge.
6. City Q&A - Regional Competition Day 1/22/2022
Students participate in a live10 minute question and answer period with the judges. We are hopeful this will be done in person.
Washington Teacher / Mentor Workshop
Specific information about our Washington Region - our regional competition format, time lines, details on the competition deliverables and guidance on using the handbook and Future City Website. Please note our timeline and deliverables are preliminary. Follow the links below to download the slide decks.