Students participating in the Future City Competition program will gain and demonstrate:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Time management

  • The ability to work in teams

  • Research and presentation skills

  • The application of math and science to practical problems

  • Resource allocation

  • Computer skills, creativity and evolving technology

  • An increased awareness of community related issues

Deliverables & Competition Calendar

There are four major deliverables - the Virtual City Design Presentation (SimCity), City Description (essay), tabletop City Model, and City Presentation. There are other smaller deliverables due in January as well, the Project Plan (new for 2015-16) and the Honor Statement & Media Form. 

Due Date
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019 from 3-6pm at Northwest CTA
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8am Northwest CTA

Virtual City Design Presentation (54 points)
City Description (60 points)
Project Plan (New – 10 points)
Honor Statement & Media Form (no points, but required)
City Model (70 points) 
Competition Day & City Presentations (70 points)

All internet submittals (Virtual City Design Presentation, City Description, Project Plan, Honor Statement, Media Form) must be submitted through the Competition Management System by 5PM local time. 

Competition Day

Our regional competition is divided into a morning and afternoon segment. In the morning, the three official students participating will present their city model and perform their city presentation to a panel of local engineer judges who will score the teams based on the rubrics provided by the national competition. At lunch the top five teams will be announced, and those teams will present their city model and perform their city presentation in front of the final round judges and in front of their fellow students, parents, mentors, and educators. 

Winners of the regional competition will go to nationals in Washington D.C. and compete for a chance to win the national competition. The second place team will present their city in front of the Las Vegas Engineer's Week banquet in February. 

National Competition Finals

The National Finals are held in Washington, D.C. during National Engineers Week in February. Regional winners from around the country compete against each other for national honors and prizes. The DiscoverE Committee will provide the airfare and hotel accommodations for the five winning team members from each region (teacher, mentor, and three students). The regional competition will provide each team member with a stipend to help cover meals while in D.C. Team members will be responsible for all additional expenses.


The National First Place team will win a trip to the U.S. Space Camp. Other prizes include scholarships, computers, and savings bonds. In addition, teams will be eligible for special awards and recognition by engineering societies and other organizations.

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