Save the Date for the 2020 Future City Competition:

January 18th, 2020 at MSOE!

What is Future City?

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. The 2019-2020 theme is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Teams will choose a threat to their city's water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

What are you waiting for? Sign your middle school students' up for this unique, fun and educational opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Dummer Combs, Program Manager.

Get Involved! Be a Volunteer.


Being a mentor for the WI Regional Future City Competition is one of the best experiences you will ever have. If you are a STEM professional looking to engage with middle school students to help them build a city of the future - this opportunity is for you! Requirements:

  • You must be a STEM professional

  • You must be able to commit from October 2019-January 2020

  • You must be able to meet with the middle school students on several occasions ( Judges can meet virtually with the students via Skype, FaceTime, WeChat, etc. )

 Virtual City Judge

One of the deliverables for the Future City Competition is for the students to design and grow their city in Sim City Software. Once this is complete, the student teams provide PowerPoint slides to the virtual judges. These presentations are on PDF files and will be scored on a computer using a provided rubric. Virtual judging is completed on predetermined weekdays from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at area schools (Wisconsin Lutheran HS and the Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus) in late November and early December. Come join us for a great evening of judging, pizza, and good company!

 Essay Judge

Each year, middle school teams participating in Future City must submit a 1500 word essay. The essay asks students to imagine what it would be like in a city at least 100 years in the future.  Essay judging is done online using a provided rubric from late December through early January at your convenience - so you can even judge from home!

Regional Competition

This year’s Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition is on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at MSOE Kern Center. We will need presentation judges and other volunteers to make this event a success. The time commitment will be 7:30 am – 12:30 pm (training is provided that morning). 

Before the competition beings, the presentation judges are grouped and provided the scoring rubric and questions to ask the presenting teams. It is truly amazing to see the futuristic, creative cities that the students come up with!

Pictures from the 2019 Competition!