Future City Head Coaches: Mr. Turan/Mr. Yigit
Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include storm water management, urban agriculture, and green energy. This year’s topic: Living on the moon.
Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity – optional); a 1,500-word city description; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February (Virtually this year). After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.
This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills. Students participating in Future City: Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues, Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills, Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges, Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options, Learn how their communities work and become better citizens, Develop strong time management and project management skills, and Experience synergy!