The Future City Competition is the nation's largest not-for-profit engineering education program. Its purpose is to encourage students to pursue a technical career, to address important environmental issues in our world, and to realize their vision of a city of the future. The winner of our regional event will go on to compete in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week. All of it is possible only through the combined efforts of volunteers and sponsors.
The students are challenged in a series of fun, hands-on applications to present their unique set of solutions to the real-world problems of creating a livable city. To do so, they will adopt the principles of every branch of engineering to support their assertions. Each competing team is asked to first generate a computerized design of a future city, then build a scale model of that city using as many recycled materials as possible.
This year’s challenge is “Tomorrow’s Transit – Design a way to move people in and around your city.” The students must research and write a paper discussing the problem of moving people in their future city and imagining a mode of transportation to solve this problem.
Finally, the students must deliver a seven-minute verbal presentation defending their vision before a panel of judges at UTA on January 25th.