What is Future City?
Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. The 2018-2019 topic is the Powering our Future.
Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.
We Need Mentors!
Each student team needs a mentor. Mentors volunteer directly with students and share real-life STEM experiences, offer technical guidance, and help translate academic concepts to the real world of engineering and city design. In general, mentors interact with their teams in person, via email, or even via Skype.