On January 20, 2018, 59 teams of 6th-8th graders competed at the regional Minnesota Future City Competition at Dakota County Technical College.
98% of students learned through the Future City Competition how engineering can solve real-world problems.
70% of students said they would consider engineering as a career.
We asked teachers what exciting learning and teamwork moments they saw.
- Each time we started a new task the students got excited. Teams progressively got better at communication, delegating, and decision‐making as the program went on.
- I loved seeing the students’ energy and working as a team. They had such innovative ideas.
- FCC was very exciting. The students really took charge of their learning and problem solving.
We asked our volunteers (professionals in the engineering fields) what the most valuable part about Future City was for students.
- The students really got to work on problem‐ solving skills in an in‐depth way and had to learn how to work together as a group.
- The creativity and enthusiasm is brilliant.
- The students’ knowledge about infrastructure was better than a lot of adults’ knowledge!
We asked students what they learned about engineering and how cities run while participating in the Future City Competition.
- Teamwork, communication, and trial and error are large parts of engineering.
- You have to have a flexible mindset, research, and consider pros and cons.
- Engineering is not all about math and science. You also need creativity.
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