Volunteer at the Future City Competition!
Engineers, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds: you are invited to volunteer as a mentor or judge for the Minnesota Future City Competition (FCC)
Please contact Colleen Feller at 612-638-1511 to sign up as a mentor or judge.
FCC is an engineering education program for 6th-8th graders in which students design and build “cities of the future,” first virtually with SimCity software, and then physically by creating a tabletop scale model. Students also research and write an essay on an engineering challenge.
Future City mentors volunteer at a middle school once per week from September to January. Mentors provide advice, guidance, and technical assistance as the students work on the various project components. In the early weeks, you’ll meet with the team to get to know the students and focus them on the big picture: good urban design, an overview of the essay topic, and brainstorming possible solutions. Later, you’ll help with the model, teaching the students about scale, and working on the presentation. Making yourself available by email to review things like the essay and ideas of futuristic components is helpful too. A teacher is also present when you meet with students.
Judging Opportunities (rubrics and score sheets are provided)
- Virtual City: Students submit slides that document what they learned from using SimCity. Judges download a PDF at home and submit scores online. No SimCity software is needed to judge!
- City Description: Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s public space challenge. Judges download a PDF at home and submit scores online.
- City Model and Presentation: Judges attend the regional competition and evaluate the students’ presentation and city models. Volunteers judge in teams.