Future City Competition

The Future City Competition (FCC) is a project-based learning experience where students in grades 6-8 imagine, research, design, and build cities at least 100 years in the future. Schools or recognized youth organizations can form teams and have the option to compete in the state competition. Students spend approximately five months (September-January) completing the following deliverables: a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model of their city built from recycled materials; a four-part project plan; a 7-minute team presentation; and a Q&A session with judges (professional engineers who volunteer their time). Learn More

2023 Minnesota Future City Competition Winners

mounds park academy students with future city model
1st Place: Mounds Park Academy – VAXA
Justice Page middle school students with future city model
2nd Place: Justice Page Middle School – Nadee Sooraj
Black Hawk middle school students with future city model
3rd Place: Black Hawk Middle School – Ethos
Twin Oaks middle school students with future city model
Honorable Mention: Twin Oaks Middle School – Varia Terra
scott highlands middle school students behind their future city model
Honorable Mention: Scott Highlands Middle School – Delhi

Informational Zoom Sessions

Are you curious about the Minnesota Future City Competition? Want to learn what makes this national competition such a great experience for students? Contact MN Future City Coordinator, Colleen Feller, to lead an informational Zoom session and provide a chance for you to ask questions. Watch the most recent session from September 8, 2022.

Registration – Open through October 31, 2023

Registration for the 2023-2024 Future City Competition is now open. The cost for participation is $25/school.

2023-2024 Theme: Electrify Your Future

Project Deadlines:

October 31, 2023Registration closes
November 10, 2023Project Plan Part #1 & #2 due
December 15, 2023City Essay and Project Plan #3 due
December 22, 2023Schools confirm number of teams and names of students for the
MN Regional Competition
January 8, 2024Special Award selections due
January 17, 2024Project Plan #4 due
January 20, 2024City Model and Presentation due
January 20, 2024MN Regional Competition at Dakota County Technical College

At the Future City Competition, students learn…

How to use engineering to solve real-world problems.

The skills needed for effective teamwork.

The importance of strong writing, public speaking, and creativity.


Want to learn more about the Future City Competition and how your students can participate? Visit the Minnesota Regional page or contact Colleen Feller at 612-638-1511.

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