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Future City Competition

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Describe the Activity: 

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 storm water management, urban agriculture, and green energy.

Time Details: 

The program runs from August or September to January, with regional competitions held in January and Finals in February. Educators may spend approximately 35-45 hours while students may spend 50 to 70 hours on the project.

Cost Details: 

It costs just $25.00 per organization—you can register 1 team or 100. The price always stays the same. We keep the price affordable so everyone can participate. Not only that, we limit the budget for materials for the City Model and City Presentation to $100 and encourage teams to use recycled materials. You don’t need expensive equipment to excel. Creativity, hard work, and dedication are all you need to succeed.

Prize Details: 

Various prizes ranging from a trip to Space Camp to cash.

Outcome of the Activity: 
-Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues -Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills -Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges -Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options -Learn how their communities work and become better citizens -Develop strong time management and project management skills
Activity Address: 
United States
39° 55' 6.3372" N, 75° 8' 11.958" W
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