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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.
Using a hands-on, inquiry-based strategy, the Future City program gives middle school students (6-8th grades) a fun way to tackle real-world problems while building their STEM skills. The four-part multi-disciplinary competition asks students to design a future city by employing critical thinking, teamwork, research and problem-solving skills. Their solution is a city designed using SimCity software, a table-top scale city model built with recycled materials, a research essay on a specific engineering topic, and a seven-minute team verbal presentation defending their vision before a panel of judges.