Future City Competition is a national program that focuses on improving students’ math, engineering and science skills. The program is open to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades who attend a public, private or home school. The aim of Future City is to provide an exciting, educational engineering program for students. It combines a stimulating engineering challenge with an inquiry-based application to present the students’ vision of a city of the future.                                                     

Middle school students are tasked with imagining, designing and building cities of the future. After designing a virtual city (using SimCity); researching, designing and writing up their solution to a city-wide issue; and building a scale model of their city, teams present their vision to a panel of judges. NSBE’s Future City Competition takes place at the Annual Convention.  

Team Registration

  • Each team must be a combination of students in grades 6–8.
  • Teams can have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 30. 
  • Teams must be composed of active NSBE Jr. members.
  • Attendance at the Annual Convention is required.                             

Application Procedure

Future City registration is completed via an online application through Jotform. The application can be found here. To fully complete registration, each team must also complete registration at futurecity.org. Each team interested in participating for the 2020–2021 program year must submit an application for the program and meet all of the team requirements. Completing all of the information in the application is vital.

Critical 2020–2021 Dates

Future City NSBE Team Competition application – Final submission deadline is Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Participation confirmation will be sent out by Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 

Future City Competition 20–21 Application – All teams need to register through the Future City website by Oct. 11, 2020.

National Competition – Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention April 5–9, 2021

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