Students, Educators, and Mentors
More than 45,000 students annually in the US, Canada, China, Egypt, and Nigeria.
Future City has something for Educators, Students, and Mentors—working as a team.
Teams must have a minimum of 3 students to participate. No maximum team size.
Includes three student representatives, one educator, and one mentor. Most regions welcome teams larger than three students: however, only the three official student representatives present the team and answer questions at the competition.
An organization can form multiple teams under one educator account. Check with your Regional Coordinator to see how many teams may compete in the Regional Competition.
Other Team Formats
Some classrooms or clubs choose to work in one large team and break the work into smaller groups.
Future City is open to kids in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are from the same school, a home school environment or are members of a nationally, regionally, or state-recognized youth-focused organization, such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, or 4-H.
Not sure if your organization qualifies?
Program leaders are called Educators and guide the team members through this project-based learning experience, helping them tackle a relevant citywide sustainability issue as they imagine, research, brainstorm, design, and build cities of the future.
The work is entirely student-led, but the program leader keeps the team on track, uploads deliverables, and offers feedback and guidance
About 35-45 hours throughout September – February
Who can be a program leader?
Teachers. Educators, Homeschool leaders, Community/Youth/ Church Leaders, afterschool program leaders, members of a nationally, regionally, or state-recognized youth-focused organization, such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, or 4-H, STEM professionals, parents and more!
Mentors work alongside the Educator and act as a coach and role model, share real-life STEM experiences, offer technical guidance, and help translate academic concepts to the real world of engineering and city design.
About 15-25 hours throughout September – February
Who can be a mentor?
Engineers, technicians, urban planners, Project managers, architects, undergrad or graduate students studying a related field
Judges are a vital part of Future City and serving in this capacity is fun and rewarding. Judges score team deliverables, provide feedback, and help determine the overall winners. Serve at the regional (January – see regions for details and locations) and national level (February – in Washington DC) competitions.
Scoring rubrics and training provided by DiscoverE (written and video)
Engineers created this competition. Its success is dependent upon continued support from industry professionals and those in the STEM community.
About 4-8 hours on weekends in January (Regional) and February (National)
Who can be a judge?
Engineers, technicians, urban planners, PM professionals, architects, STEM professionals, and STEM industry partners