The Future City Competition is a program designed for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to foster an interest in math, science, and engineering through hands‐on, real‐world applications. The students create and design a city of the future by engaging in the engineering design process ‐ identifying problems, brainstorming ideas, designing solutions, testing, retesting and building, and finally communicating their results. Through this process, the students build a scale model of their city, write an essay, give a presentation, work together as a team, and learn many other skills that are needed in any technical field the student may enter. Each year, one specific theme is highlighted for the essay portion of the competition. This year’s essay topic “The Power of Public Space”, asks students to design a Future City that includes a distributed network of innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves their city’s diverse population.
29 teams from 19 middle schools will be competing in this year's event.