Future City Competition 2015 - Judging, Mentoring, and Volunteer Opportunities

Future City Competition
North Texas Region 2015

Judging, Mentoring & Volunteer Opportunities

The Future City Competition, a NSPE 4-part multi-disciplinary competition which asks students to design a future city by employing critical thinking, teamwork, research and problem-solving skills has begun across the North Texas Region. The 12-14 yr. olds design a city using SimCity software, a table-top scale city model built with recycled materials; write a research essay & abstract  “Feeding Future Cities: Incorporating Urban Agriculture into Future Cities”; and will provide a 7-minute Team verbal Presentation defending their vision before a panel of judges in January. 


Mentors Needed - Would you consider inspiring one of these teams to be next generation of engineers by being a mentor to a teacher-sponsored team this year?  Working with an mentor and help one of the following teacher-sponsored, 12-14-yr-old students tackle transportation, environment, communication, water management, energy, housing, budgetary & other issues with vigor and innovation this year. For more info, contact Thomas Hunt at thomas.hunt@huntengr.com.


Judges Needed – We need about 100 engineers and technical professionals to volunteer their time and expertise in judging student designs, models, and presentations. Opportunities include

·         Judging simulated city designs and essays during December and January (which can be done from the comfort of your own computer at your own pace)
·         Interacting with the students as you judge models and presentations on the day or the competition Saturday, January 31st at UT Arlington.

Register at https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_vols.html. For more info, contact Richard Reppert, judging@dfwfuturecity.org.

Event Coordinators – It’s not too soon to volunteer to help out the day of the competition. There’s a lot to do to make sure everything runs smoothly. We need people to

·         Sign-up and orient teams when they arrive (Friday evening and Saturday morning)
·         Serve as timekeepers and facilitate scorekeeping during student presentations (Saturday)
·         Pass out t-shirts and other “goodies” to students (Saturday)
·         Crowd control and student activities (Saturday)

Register at https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_vols.html. For more info, contact Jean Eason, regional@dfwfuturecity.org.


Special Awards – We also need sponsors for special awards that promote the particular interest of your organization or company and increase the opportunities for every student to be a winner. Special award sponsors can provide their own judges to interview students and review their models on Saturday. For more information or to sign-up, contact cissysylo@verizon.net or Jean Eason, regional@dfwfuturecity.org.


Coordinating Committee – It isn’t too soon to be preparing for next year. These are the essential behind-the-scenes people who put it all together. The regional competition coordinating committee requires volunteers in a variety of areas including: Industry Relations, Professional Society outreach, School outreach, Administration, Arrangements, Judging, Awards and Public Relations. All individuals, both technical and non-technical, are welcome to participate on a committee.


For general information regarding Future City Competition, check www.dfwfuturecity.org.