Future City Competition
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.
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience. 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.
In 2017, the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center team was selected to administer the Missouri Regional Competition which is a qualifying competition for the DiscoverE national Future City Competition. Since that time, over 500 students, educators, mentors, judges, and sponsors have come together across our State to encourage 6th-8th grade Missouri students to tackle topics that include applying creative engineering solutions to city planning, managing city resources wisely, and presenting concepts through written essays, built physical models, and enthusiastic presentations!
This year the Missouri Future City/KDC team was awarded the national Leadership Award recognizing the “committed volunteers” and “thoughtful leadership” of this region’s leadership team. Information about this year’s challenge, Life on the Moon, sponsored in part by the Missouri Space Grant Consortium, can be found here.
Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software, research and write solutions to an engineering problem, build tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before a panel of judges at Regional Competitions. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals. This year, due to Covid-19 issues, both the regional and the national competition will be held in a virtual environment.
Students participating in Future City:
- 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
- Experience synergy
All text from futurecity.org
1) Pay the $25 fee here and indicate in the notes section that this is a sponsorship for a team having financial challenges this year.