The Future City Competition (FCC) is a national, cross-curricular program that lets students in grades 6-8 do the things engineers do: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results.
FCC runs from September to January. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to develop a project plan; create a virtual city design with SimCity™ software; research and write a proposed solution to an engineering challenge; build a tabletop city model with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges. Future City Minnesota culminates at the regional competition on Jan. 23, 2016 at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. The first place winner receives a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Future City Competition (held in February 2016).
This year’s theme, Waste Not, Want Not, challenges students to design waste management systems for residential use and small businesses. Students will learn how today’s engineers and city planners deal with citywide sustainability issues like solid waste management.
Minnesota public, private, and home schools, as well as organized youth groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Boys & Girls Club, etc.), are welcome to form teams and compete in Future City. The registration fee is only $25.
For more information and to register, please visit: www.futurecity.org/Minnesota