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Future City Competition

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Educators and Mentors
to Lead Student Teams to Participate in a STEM Competition

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Deadline Date:

10/31/20

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International educators and mentors to lead student teams and participate in a competition that encourages children to explore STEM subjects. Teams of middle-school students participate in a project-based learning program in which they imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.

Working as a team with an educator and STEM mentor, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students present their vision of the future through a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); a project plan to help keep their project on track; a short video presentation, and a live, online Q&A session with a panel of technical judges. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students work in teams to ask and answer an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place? 

Students participate in the Future City Competition as teams, guided by an educator and a volunteer STEM mentor. Teams spend approximately four months creating cities that could exist at least 100 years in the future. Each city must incorporate a solution to a design challenge that changes each year.
All 2021 competitions will be virtual. This year’s challenge, Living on the Moon, asks teams to design a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy. In January and February, teams present their future cities to judges at virtual Regional Competitions throughout the United States, Canada, China, and Africa. Teams that earn the top place at their Regionals will participate in the virtual Finals in April 2021.
Three strands form the framework of this project, each supporting and informing the others. The creation of the city via five competition deliverables is the main strand. The other two are the engineering design process and project management. This framework gives the project a real-world structure that both enriches the whole experience of Future City and extends the learning into the students’ academic and professional futures.
For more information about the framework, see the handbook:
Teams can have from three to 30 students. Every member of the team plays an important role:
  • Students generate the ideas, plan the execution, research, write, build, learn, laugh, and present their final product.
  • Educators organize the team(s), facilitate the learning process, and guide the students through their project(s).
  • Mentors serve as team advisors, share their engineering expertise, and help students develop skills like project management and systems thinking skills.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192569

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Finals Prizes:
- The top prize at the Finals is $7,500 for the organization’s STEM program and a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL for up to five people (including an adult chaperone).
- 2nd Place is awarded a $5,000 prize for the organization’s STEM program.
- 3rd Place is awarded a $2,000 prize for the organization’s STEM program.
- 4th and 5th place teams will receive $750 for their organization’s STEM program.

Teams that compete are also eligible for a number of special awards. For a complete list of the prizes and awards offered by your region, visit www.futurecity.org and click on Find My Region.

Term of Contract:

The program starts at the beginning of school and goes to January, when the regional competition takes place. The first-place team in each US region advances to the Finals, held virtually in April 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Future City Competition is open to eligible 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial, home school environment, led by a parent whose child is distance learning due to COVID-19, or are members of a nationally, regionally, or state-recognized organization, such as the Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, etc.

Student team members must be from the same school or organization, unless otherwise approved by a Regional
Coordinator or Future City staff. Students cannot be on multiple teams.

Organizations may register in only one region. A region must have registered a minimum of 20 schools or organizations by October 31, 2020 to be eligible to participate in the virtual Finals. Regional eligibility is determined solely by Future City Headquarters.

As many students may work on the project as you wish, but a limited number may appear in certain deliverables. Three students will represent the team in each of these instances: the City Presentation video, the City Q&A live session, and Special Award judging. These students may be the same or different. The three students who appear in the City Presentation, in addition to one educator and one mentor, constitute the official team of five members. The Educator and Mentor may not participate in the City Presentation, City Q&A, or Special Award judging.

For team format options, see the handbook:
https://futurecity.org/sites/default/files/u7/2020_FCC_EdHandbook_FINAL.pdf#page=13

Mentors can be engineers, technical professionals, architects, urban planners, city managers, or others who work in the engineering and technical community.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to register for this year’s Future City Competition is October 31, 2020.

The program starts at the beginning of school and goes to January, when the regional competition takes place. At the virtual Regional Competitions, scores from all of the deliverables are added together to determine the top team. The first-place team in each US region advances to the Finals, held virtually in April 2021.

The team educator or mentor must register their team online. Once the team is registered they will be sent Sim City codes and will be able to start working on all of the Competition Deliverables. (Note: There is a $25.00 registration fee per organization.)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding the school year and extracurricular activities, Future City has been restructured so that teams can complete the deliverables in-person (i.e. in a classroom or afterschool program) or remotely (i.e. collaborating online while learning from home). The competitions (regionals and Finals) will also take place online, rather than in-person.

Due dates:
The City Essay, City Model slideshow, City Presentation video, and Project Plan are due before the virtual Regional Competitions. Check with your local Regional Coordinator for your region's specific due dates.

All teams must submit their City Essay, City Model slideshow, City Presentation video, and Project Plan via the Online Portal at FutureCity.org. Submission instructions are available from your Regional Coordinator.

Your team must complete and submit all the deliverables if you want a chance to win your Regional Competition.

Main URL: https://futurecity.org/

About Future City: https://futurecity.org/about

2020-2021 Competition Updates: https://futurecity.org/about-the-competition/2020-2021-updates

Competition Deliverables: https://futurecity.org/about-the-competition/competition-deliverables

Prepare to Lead - A To-Do List for the Team Educator: https://futurecity.org/about-the-competition/prepare-to-lead

Forming Your Team: https://futurecity.org/about-the-competition/forming-your-team

FAQs: https://futurecity.org/participants/students

Resources page: http://futurecity.org/resources

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register online: https://futurecity.org/register

For questions, contact info@futurecity.org.

Regional Coordinator contact information: https://futurecity.org/regions

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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