On January 19, 2019, 48 teams of 6th-8th graders competed at the regional Minnesota Future City Competition at Dakota County Technical College.
93% of students said through Future City they learned how engineering can be used to solve real problems in the world.
97% of students said they learned how cities work.
96% of students said they learned the importance of project planning.
61% of students said they would consider engineering as a career.
84% of students would recommend the Future City Competition to a friend.
We asked teachers about the exciting learning moments they saw.
- Students learned the importance of planning, having a schedule, and working with others in stressful situations.
- The kids learned about the engineering design process through the design and construction of their power systems, creating an Arduino circuit, and through construction of the rest of their model.
We asked our volunteers (professionals in the engineering fields), how students demonstrated a knowledge of the engineering design process and project management.
- Students had innovative solutions to real problems such as water quality, waster management, and transportation.
- Impressive understanding of engineering and tech.
- The students learned how critical project management is and maintaining feasibility of design given time constraint.
We asked students what they learned about engineering and how cities run while participating in the Future City Competition.
- A successful city needs multiple parts to fit. It’s like a giant puzzle. Every component matters.
- There are so many different engineers involved in the process of creating a city.
- Your first "outcome" or "product" will not be your best one.
- Always express your concerns, listen to other people’s ideas, and work together.
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