How can we make the world a better place?
One of the focus areas at the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center is engineering. To promote this focus area, the KDC supports the Missouri Future City Competition, a regional competition that advances to the National Future City Competition, and encourages middle school teams to engage with this exciting way to learn more about engineering influences in modern cities.
This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills.
Students on Future City teams develop city planning skills and compete in a competition where they are required to design a virtual city (using SimCity), write a 1500-word city essay, build a scale model of the city, complete a project plan and make a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions. This year, due to Covid-19, the regional and national competitions will be held virtually.
For more information about the Missouri Future City Competition, please visit here.
Want to join a team?
We are in need of coaches, occasional speakers, and summer camp counselors as well as students for this program! If you are a parent or student interested in participating in the Future City Competition, please fill out the form below! If you believe in this program and would like to support this program with a donation, check out our donation Page.