In its 19th year, Future City is one of the nation's largest engineering education programs ? which aims to stir interest in science, technology, engineering, and math among young people in grades six through eight. Student teams participate in regional competitions, with finalists moving on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., that takes place during National Engineers Week each February.
Students work in teams under the guidance of a teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor to design and build a city of tomorrow. They create cities on computers using the SimCity 4 Deluxe software and then build 3D tabletop models to scale. Students also write brief narratives describing their city and must present and defend their designs at the competition before a panel of engineer judges who test the depth of the teams' knowledge.
The competition is sponsored in part by National Engineers Week Foundation, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations.