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Call for mentors and judges: Sparking interest in the next generation engineers!


Engineers Canada, in partnership with school boards and teachers from across the country, is bringing the Future City competition to Canadian students for a third year. By engaging students in grades 6 to 8 in a transformative, project-based learning experience, Future City aims to spark the interest of today’s youth in the possibilities engineering has to offer.

We are looking for passionate and diverse mentors to connect with the Future City teams this fall. With a simple, interactive visit to the Future City classrooms, you can connect the students to real-life experiences, share technical knowledge, and help students translate the classroom learning to the real world of engineering and design.

How it works: Mentors

We will match you with a local team and you will work alongside the team’s educator (a teacher, parent, or afterschool leader). As a Future City mentor, you will provide guidance, real-life connections, and technical assistance.  

You may interact with your team in person, via email, or even via skype.

When you first meet with the team, you will have a chance to get to know the students and focus them on the big picture: good urban design, an overview of the essay topic, and brainstorming possible solutions. Later, you may help students establish a scale for their model and work with them to polish their presentation.

Your students may compete in their regional competition, and if they win, they might travel to the Finals in February in Washington, DC!

How it works: Judges

Engineers Canada is looking for engineers, EITs, or engineering students to volunteer to be virtual and in-person judges for Future City. The competition is already underway in many schools and the kids are working on their projects. As they create their deliverables, we need engineers to judge and score them beginning in December 2018.

Virtual judging: Review program deliverables (subject to provided rubrics) from anywhere in Canada – you only need a computer and internet connection.

In-person judging: Attend a regional event (Durham District School Board- January 22, 2019; Prince Edward Island- January 2019; Durham Catholic District School Board- May 2019) to judge student models and presentations, eat lunch, and mingle with other engineers and teaching professionals.

Rubrics, judging manuals, and logistical support are provided.

Who should be a mentor or a judge?

Anyone who works in the STEM or city design community – such as engineers, technical professionals, architects, and urban planners – would be a great Future City mentor. Through Future City, youth enhance their understanding of design principles, learn to collaborate, bridge the gap between school and community, and have a lot of fun! As a mentor you will an important part of their journey, which is incredibly rewarding.

We think you’ll enjoy it!

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Register as a mentor by filling in the form Volunteer for Future City, make sure to mention ‘Mentor’ or ‘Judge’ in the message!