New York Albany

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok

Program Details

Changes to the 2020-21 Year: 

  • There will be no limit to the number of students competing on each team due to the virtual format this year. 
  • There will also be no limit to the number of teams that a school/organization can have compete in this year's regional competition.
  • The regional competition date and format is different his year. The live Q&A portion of the competition will be held virtually on Saturday, February 13. The awards ceremony will be held on the morning of Saturday, February 27 and will be livestreamed.
  • SimCity will no longer be a required competition deliverable for the program.
  • The National Competition will not be held in Washington D.C. this year. It will be held virtually in April.


What is the Future City Competition?
Future City Competition is an educational program for middle school students to explore their creative and innovative imaginations to design a city of the future. Students will learn how to apply math, science, engineering and technology to develop a realistic future community and compete for regional prizes, including a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Competition.

The Team
Consists of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in math, science and engineering. There is a limit to how many students may work on the project. This year we will be implementing a maximum cap of 15 students per team, with a minimum of three students per team. At the regional competition in January, only three students will represent their team and present their city for judging. If there are more than 15 students interested in being part of a team, consider creating multiple smaller sized teams. However, be aware that each registered school/organization is limited to sending a maximum of three teams to compete in the regional competition. Each team of students will work with their teacher and engineer mentor to complete all phases of the program while engineering their version of a "future city."

Students will:

  • Use the new SimCity software to design a virtual model of their futuristic city.
  • Create a Project Plan, which mimics the engineering design process.
  • Build a physical 3D model of their city using creative materials such as recycled goods.
  • Demonstrate their writing skills through an essay that:
    • answers the assigned engineering design problem,
    • describes major features and highlights found in the team's future city,
  • Enhance communication skills though a team presentation.

The Teacher
An energetic coach to oversee activities. The teacher will participate as a facilitator and advisor to the team members.

The Engineer Mentor
The mentor serves as an advisor to the students. The mentor's advice can be in the form of technical help as to how science and engineering can be applied to the city, how to build cities, and how to make technical presentations. The mentor will also be able to teach the students about what different types of engineers do and how the profession impacts society. The mentor does not need to be an engineer but someone who who works in the technical field and is willing to show students how to connect Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts to reality and futuristic designs.

Sign-Up Today
Register your team through the National Future City Website today.
Registration for the 2020-21 competition is open until October 31, 2020.