Welcome to the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition Site!
Congratulations to our 2013 winners:
First Place: St. Bede School
Second Place: Fort Couch Middle Scool
Third Place: South Hills Catholic Homeschoolers
Fourth Place: The Ellis School
Fifth Place: Beaver Falls Middle School
National Engineers Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation
of the engineering profession and technology by emphasizing engineers'
positive contributions to society.
To help students better understand the practical applications of mathematical
and scientific principles the National Engineers Week Committee sponsors
the Annual National Engineers Week Future City Competition. Scroll down for more information on the competition.
14th Annual Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition
Sponsored In Part By Shell Oil Company and Bettis Laboratory
The Pittsburgh Regional
Competition was held January 19, 2013 at Carnegie
Music Hall. The first place team from each Regional Competition wins
a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals during National
Engineers Week in February.
National Competition Finals
The National Engineers Week Committee provides the airfare and hotel
accommodations for the five winning team members from each region. Team
members are responsible for all additional expenses such as ground
transportation and meals.
The National First Place team will win a trip to the U.S. Space Camp.
Other prizes include scholarships, computers and savings bonds. In addition,
teams were eligible for special awards and recognition sponsored by
engineering societies and other organizations.
The Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition is supported by a dedicated
group of volunteers. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make
this year’s program a huge success.
Col Bernard Lindstrom
Bill Pruss Jr
W. Ben Towne
Mary Ann Walsh
Presented in cooperation with
National Engineers Week
Future City Competition
Since the National Engineers Week Future City Competition began, the
education and engineering communities have recognized it as an innovative
learning program. Excitement abounds throughout the classroom. Students
are responsible for solving problems while creating their future city.
The National Engineers Week Future City Competition offers students a
resourceful way to learn about engineering.
- Learn how engineers turn ideas into reality.
- Develop a project plan to guide team activities.
- Use SimCity software to design their city.
- Build a city model using recycled materials.
- Work as a team under the guidance of an engineer and a teacher.
- Demonstrate writing skills by composing an essay on an engineering
- Enhance communications skills through a team presentation.
The competition is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades around the
country including these cities and regions: Albany, Baltimore, Buffalo,
Chicago, Dallas/ Fort Worth, Hampton Roads, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles,
Milwaukee, New York City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Reno,
San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington DC, the states of Alabama, Colorado,
Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina,
North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West
Virginia. More competition cities may be added this summer.
Design and Build a City of the Future
Each team will create a city displaying residential, commercial and industrial
areas, power plants, transportation systems, communication systems, etc.
Students will address important issues such as pollution, traffic density,
taxes, and budgets while creating their city.
The solution includes developing a project plan, a logical model of a
city using award winning SimCity software, a team-made physical scale
model, an essay and a verbal presentation. Software will be provided to
registered schools by the regional coordinator. One software package is
provided to each registered school.
- The team representing the school at the regional competition will consist
of three students (must be from the same school), an engineer-mentor,
and a teacher-sponsor.
- The students, with the help of the engineer-mentor and teacher-sponsor,
will design the logical model of the city using SimCity™.
- The team will construct a scale model of A city section using recycled
materials (plastic jugs, glass jars, aluminum cans, tubing, etc.) in
their designs. The model must be no larger than 25"(W) x 50"(L)
- The model must contain at least one moving part. Power sources must
be self-contained (no external power plugs).
- The students will be required to write an essay explaining their response
to a specific engineering or design challenge.
- Students will explain the unique design features of their city design
during team verbal presentation.
- The total cost of all materials used to make the model and any materials
used in support of the verbal presentation may not exceed $100 (cash
- No laptop computers or videos can be used for the presentation.