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Future City Competition

A program that lets students do the things engineers do.


Upcoming Events

SCSC promotes the Future City Competition, a national, cross-curricular program that lets students in grades 6–8 do the things engineers do: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build, and share the results.

SCSC partners with SparkPath, the statewide facilitator for Future City Competition.

In the Future City Competition, students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to develop a project plan, create a virtual city design with SimCity™ software, research and write a proposed solution to an engineering challenge, build a tabletop city model with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges.

The first place winner of Future City Minnesota's regional competition receives a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Future City Competition.

Minnesota public, private, and home schools, as well as organized youth groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Boys & Girls Club, etc.), are welcome to form teams and compete in Future City. The registration fee is just $25 (for any number of teams).

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

October 31, 2023: Registration closes

November 10, 2023: Project Plan Part #1 & #2 due

December 15, 2023: City Essay and Project Plan #3 due

December 22, 2023: Schools confirm number of teams and names of students for the MN Regional Competition

January 8, 2024: Special Award selections due

January 17, 2024: Project Plan #4 due

January 20, 2024: City Model and Presentation due

January 20, 2024: MN Regional Competition at Dakota County Technical College

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Mary Hillmann

Student Academics Program Manager
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