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Alabama Regional Future City Competition

This event is all day 8am-4pm. But I will be there at the time stated.

Alabama Regional Future City Competition

National Engineers Week sponsors the Future City Competition nationwide for 6th, 7th & 8th graders to foster interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real-world applications. The five month competition, in which students design and build models of future urban centers, encourages students to learn about engineering in a challenging and interesting way. This competition has grown to 38 regions across the nation and may become an international program within the next decade.

To participate, three students create a team along with a teacher and an engineer mentor. They use SimCity 4 Deluxe, a complex simulation software application that helps them design their futuristic city. The teams are given a limited city budget, land specifications, city pollution and crime requirements, the ability to tax and spend, and citizens move in or out of the city depending on their level of satisfaction. Their future cities must address issues such as pollution, crime, safety, traffic, unemployment, power consumption, taxes, commercial and residential zoning, water systems, airports and other societal dilemmas. They must also prepare an abstract of the city, an essay on an engineering topic, build a scaled-down dimensional model, and give a formal presentation before a panel of judges. Each component of the competition is judged by engineers whom have volunteered from several local companies.

This is the 20th year anniversary for the Future City Competition, and it is the 9th year the competition has hosted an Alabama Regional Competition. With the success of this year’s program, our FCC planning committee expects to gain momentum as we continue this annual event for our Alabama students.

For more information about this competition or National Engineers Week, visit, and

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  • Regina G.

    I served as one of the preliminary judges, so I definitely want to go, but I also have to work tomorrow, so I won't be able to stay long.

    January 18, 2013

  • Regina G.

    I plan to be there at least part of the day, but I am not sure exactly how long or what time at this point.

    January 11, 2013

  • Susan K

    Wow! This sounds interesting. I will try to find the time to go see this. Anyone still have SimCity on their computer?

    January 9, 2013

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