Future City Canada
Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics have included stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy. The 2020-2021 theme is Living on the Moon.
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. Students participating in Future City:
- Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues.
- Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills.
- Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges.
- Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options.
- Learn how their communities work and become better citizens.
- Develop strong time management and project management skills.
Originally created by DiscoverE, Engineers Canada brought Future City to Canada in 2017. Engineers Canada and its partners now offer two ways for educators and students to explore engineering through Future City:
An abbreviated version of the full competition, the Future City Experience is for educators and students who are new to Future City and want to become familiar with the program without the full commitment of the competition.