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.

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. 

Future City is a program created by DiscoverE. Engineers Canada and its partners now support two ways for educators and students to explore engineering through Future City: