Outreach

Future City Competition – Volunteers Needed

What is the Future City Competition?
33,000 students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th work in teams with their engineer mentor and educator to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Along the way, they learn about engineering, develop their writing and public speaking skills, and apply math and science to real world issues.

To enter the competition, student teams:
1. Design a city using SimCity software.
2. Research and write an essay.
3. Write a narrative describing their city.
4. Build a physical model using recycled material that has at least 1 moving part.
5. Present their city to a panel of judges.

Learn more about Future City at http://www.futurecity.org.

We need Judges!
We’ll give you assesment tools (called rubrics) and electronic score sheets and we need you to volunteer to judge:

Virtural City Designs (5 to 6 hours from your home or office)
Are you familiar with SimCity 4? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that you can do from your home or office? Than a Virtual City Design Judge is perfect for you! You’ll receive 10 to 12 city designs on or about Feburary 3rd and will have 7 days to evaluate them.

City Narratives (2 hours from your home or office)
Are you curious how students image the future? Than you’ll want to volunteer to evaluate 6-7 City Narratives. These short narratives (maximum 500 words) describe a future city’s key features and design attributes. You’ll evaluate the strength of the student’s writing, their city’s infrastructure, and
public services. You’ll receive the city narratives on or about Feburary 3rd and will have 7 days to evaluate them.

Research Essays (3 hours from your home or office)
Can local middle schoolers do a better job of solving our nation’s energy crisis than our world leaders? As a research essay judge you’ll read 6 to 7 research essays describing what energy source a team has
selected and how they will use this source to generate a portion of electric power for their city that does not deplete natural resources and has limited impact on the environment. You’ll receive the city narratives on or about Feburary 3rd and will have 7 days to evaluate them.

Models and Presentations (Monday, February 20th, 2012 from 7:30am to 2:30pm)
Are you looking for a chance to see tomorrow’s leaders in action? As a preliminary judge, you and your fellow judges will see 6 or 7 teams present their city’s unique features, learn how they came up with their ideas, and have a chance to ask them questions. The 2012 Future City National Finals will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 on Monday, 2/20/12.

Volunteer Today!
Contact Bill Knight, National Program Manager at bknight@futurecity.org
1-877-636-9578 or 703-684-2889

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