Arizona – The Future City Competition

Future City
Engineering The Future
Credit: National Engineers Week

2010 marks the beginning of the 14th year that Arizona has participated in The Future City Competition.

The Future City program is for seventh- and eighth-grade students, and is designed to foster interest in math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications. The competition is open to all public, private, home, and parochial schools, and more than 100 teams are expected to compete again this year. The schedule for this year’s competition can be found here. The registration deadline is 31 October 2010. Initial judging is from 18-21 January, with final judging on Saturday, 22 January at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix. The winner of the regional competition will compete at the national Future City event in Washington D.C. from 18-22 February 2011.

Competition teams consist of three students, a teacher and an engineer mentor. The requirements are:

  • Plan a future city
  • Build a computer model of the city
  • Build a scale model of one city section
  • Write a 500 word essay
  • Write a 100 word abstract
  • Make a 7-minute city presentation

Additional information can be found on the Virtual Engineer page of the Future City competition web site. The city is designed using SimCity3000, with the emphasis on a robust solution with all “problems” being addressed. It does not help that the city looks good, but the health of the city is unstable.

The Future City Competition is sponsored by National Engineers Week and the IEEE.

For more information about the competition, please contact:

Everett Greenli
Future City Executive Committee, Society Liaison
9715 E Osage Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85212
480-986-1979 / 480 215-6054 (Cell)

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