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 22st year of existence. This is the 19th year the Regional Competition has been held in the State of Washington and the 16th 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. Virtual City - Due 12/20/19
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. (48 points)
2. City Model - Due Competition Day 1/18/20
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. (70 points)
3. City Essay - Due 12/20/19
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) (60 points)
4. Project Plan - Due 1/10/20
Students complete a Project Plan to help them plan and organize their work. They use it throughout the project. (10 points)
5. City Presentation- Due Competition Day 1/18/20
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.(70 points)