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Registration for the 2015-2016 Future City Competition is open


Chicago, April: This nationwide contest asks Chicago regional sixth, seventh and eighth-graders to design and build their visions of the cities of tomorrow. For the past twenty years, junior high and middle school students from across the country, including the Chicago area, have designed their versions of this city of the future for the National Engineers Week Future City CompetitionTM. This year Chicago is getting an early jump on the contest. In preparation for the competition, Don Wittmer, regional coordinator for Chicago, is requesting Chicago area teachers and engineers to demonstrate an interest in the program. Many of the schools that have participated in the program in prior years have now incorporated the Future City Program into their curriculum.

The non-profit competition asks sixth, seventh - and eighth-graders to design -- first on computer, then in a large three-dimensional model -- a city of the future. The students work with their teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor from the community. Though they may sound like a fantasy, the designs are far from pie in the sky. The students must take into account real city problems such as pollution, crime, traffic, and unemployment and then solve these issues. Students from the Chicago area will begin work on their future cities in October, and will compete in regional finals in January, 2014.

The area's first place team wins a trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition to be held during National Engineers WeekTM, February 16-22, 2014. National Engineers Week (www.eweek.org) is always celebrated around the time of George Washington's birthday, since, as a surveyor, he was one of the nation's first engineer.

More than 30,000 students from 1000 schools in 37 regions participated in the 2012 competition. It is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee, a consortium of engineering associations and major U.S. industries.

The 2014 co-chairs will be NCEES [www.ncees.org] and Lockheed Martin.


Regional first place teams receive a trip to Washington D.C. for the national finals from February 17-19, 2013 during National Engineers WeekTM. Prizes for the 2012 competition winning Future City team included a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Other prizes include scholarships, computers and savings bonds. In addition, teams will be eligible for special awards and recognition sponsored by engineering societies and other organizations.

Schools wishing to sign up for the 2014 Chicago Regional Future City Competition, or engineers interested in volunteering as mentors should contact Don Wittmer, Chicago regional coordinator, at (312) 930-9119 or via e-mail at dwittmer@hntb.com. Future City Competition materials are now available, please register at www.futurecity.org. The deadline for registering is October 15.

More information on the competition can also be found at the Future City -Chicago Competition home page at http://www.futurecitychicago.org or www.futurecity.org/Illinois-Chicago

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Since 1951, NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEKTM, has been the nationwide celebration of the engineering profession, to acknowledge the essential role which engineering has played in advancing civilization and adding quality to our lives. In Chicago, activities scheduled include engineering lectures, student outreach efforts, bridge building competitions and exhibitions of engineering achievements. For information of the Chicago program visit the EWEEK-Chicago website at:


Editors Note:

Story/Video of the 2012 Competition: Medill News Service Report (Includes video!)
2012: Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10752828@N05/sets/72157629101671609/

Story/Pictures of the 2011 Competition: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=177881
2011 Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10752828@N05/sets/72157626018755926/

Story/Video of the 2010 Competition: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=153924
2010 Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10752828@N05/sets/72157623322709937/

Video of 2009 Competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRY3pnR-SwQ
Young Engineers Envision Cities Of The Future? (video)
Also see: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=76389

2008 Competition
And for pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10752828@N05/sets/72157603878323166
And for video (finals): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTeWL5wmjDU
Video/Interview with team in 2008 Competition
EWEEK Photos (Including Future City)

Additional information

National Engineering Week


Close up of model

2nd Place Team: St Paul's Lutheran School, Brookfield , IL - Future City - "Dynamocity"

In the morning the Regional Finals day teams get reviewed by local area architects/ engineers. Hey ! Do you want to serve as a judge????

Teams get 'grilled' by a panel of distinguished engineer judges

Every student gets something for their participation! Here teams pick-up their T-Shirts.

Dozens of "Special Awards" are presented to the teams

Most Energy Efficient City - Thompson Jr. High, note the windmillws

and Chicago TV (WLS-TV , WBBM-TV) reported on the program!

here (left) Joseph Renn, Manager- Civil Environmental Engineering & Construction Management - City of Naperville, Frank Avila, Commissioner - Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicagoland (right) review the "COOLVILLE" model from Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School

St Clair Jr. High "TRIANA CITY" model
Though this city did not place it captured several "Special Awards":
High Rise Building award from www.cchrb.org
Best Future City promotion from the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
Go to 2040 Plan Implementation from Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)


All together 27 "Special Awards" were presented



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