New this year, Engineers Canada is launching the Future City Experience, an abbreviated version of the Future City Competition intended for educators and students who are new to Future City. Registration for the Future City Experience is now open.
The Future City Experience is designed to introduce students to engineering in the same fun and engaging way as the Future City Competition, but without the commitment of the full competition and with additional support from engineer mentors.
The Future City Experience is entirely virtual and can be adapted to in-class or online learning models. Similar to the Future City Competition, it asks students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to use the engineering design process to imagine, research, design, and build cities 100 years into the future. This year’s Future City theme is Living on the Moon and asks students to design a futuristic lunar city.
Working in teams and guided by an educator and a virtual engineer mentor, students build a physical model, or multiple model segments, of their city. Using a provided template, they then submit photos, a video, and brief descriptions of the various aspects of their lunar city to a panel of engineers who will provide them with feedback on their design at the Future City Experience Showcase.
To support educators and students as they become familiar with the Future City program, 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 an engineer mentor who will be a great resource for students as they design their future city; live Q&As in February, March, and April where students and educators can hear from engineers about how their work might apply in designing a lunar city; and a range of resources to help guide students in their work.
If you are an educator or a Girl Guide or Scout leader and you’d like to participate in the Future City Experience, register today on Engineers Canada’s Explore Engineering website. Register by February 21, 2021 if you would like to be paired with an engineering mentor.