The Future City Experience
Creating positive engineering experiences for students across Canada
The Future City Experience is designed to be an abbreviated version of the annual Future City Competition for students in grades 6, 7, and 8, and is meant for educators and students who have not participated in the Future City Competition before. This year’s theme, Living on the Moon, asks students to design a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy.
Participation is 100 per cent virtual and can be adapted to in-class and online learning models.
How it works
Working in teams and guided by an educator and a volunteer STEM mentor, students build a physical model, or multiple model segments, of their city. Using a provided template, teams submit photos, a video, and brief descriptions of the various aspects of their lunar city to a panel of engineers.
- Models should be made primarily out of recycled materials.
- Each team may create one single model or multiple segments (segments do not have to physically fit together).
- Each team must design at least one moving part and demonstrate it in a short video. The team will provide a link to the video within the slideshow.
- Teams will use the provided template to create their slideshow.
- There is a $100 total expense budget.
We’re with you every step of the way!
To support you and your students, Engineers Canada has partnered with Engineers of Tomorrow and Ontario Tech University to provide participating classrooms, home schools, and Girl Guide and Scout units with the following:
- Virtual mentor: We will be recruiting and training our virtual mentors throughout the month of February with class visits starting late February/early March. Those interested in a mentor should sign up no later than January 28, as classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis pending virtual mentor availability.
- Live Q&As! Join us in January and February for live Q&As featuring engineers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. They will share their story and discuss how their work applies in the context of this year’s Future City theme, designing a lunar city.
- Student and educator resources: for a full list of resources to help you design your city on the moon, including examples of past projects, teacher lessons, and this year’s rubric, check out our FAQ section here.
If you are an educator or a Girl Guide or Scout unit leader, register to participate in this year’s Future City Experience by filling out our registration form. Once you fill out the form, we will follow up with you to ensure you have access to the Future City Manual (available in English and French) and will ensure that you have access to our live Q&A and virtual mentors.
Future City Experience Showcase
After students have completed their city, they participate in the Future City Experience Showcase. At the Showcase, student teams will participate in an opening ceremony and have an opportunity to receive feedback on their models from a team of engineers. Each student team will be slotted for private feedback and a live Q&A session with engineers.
Teams will be recognized for outstanding performance and innovation with successful submissions receiving a stamp of approval from an engineer. Select teams may also receive special media attention and recognition for their engineering achievements.
- Virtual mentor: Only those that register their participation in the Future City Experience by January 28, 2022 will be considered. Please note, we cannot guarantee that everyone who signs up to participate by this deadline will be paired with a virtual mentor.
- Registration to participate in the Future City Experience will close January 28, 2022.
- Student teams will need to submit a recorded presentation of their future city model prior to the Future City Experience Showcase event taking place in May 2022. Student teams will then be invited to attend the live virtual event and listen to a special keynote speaker.
For more information
- For general information, registration, and educator resource questions please contact Kim Bouffard, Outreach Manager at Engineers Canada Kim.firstname.lastname@example.org
- For information on virtual mentors please contact Rebecca White, Executive Director of Engineers of Tomorrow