STEM Forward organizes the Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition for middle school students to create a city of tomorrow.  Teams of 3-5 students create a city using SimCity software, research their city and write an essay, build a model of their city using recyclable materials and give a presentation to engineering judges during the competition. The regional competition is held in January at the MSOE Kern Center, where several STEM volunteers serve as mentors and judges. The winner then competes at the National Future City Competition in Washington D.C. in February. The winning team is awarded an all-expense paid trip to Space Camp!

WHEN: January 13, 2018


We're pleased to announce this year's challenge: The Age-Friendly City. Students must identify an age-related challenge that exists in today's urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow senior citizens to be as active and independent as they wish.


Attention STEM Professionals:
Be a Mentor, Help Middle Schoolers Build a City of the Future

FC Mentor.jpg

STEM Forward is looking for mentors or on-call mentors to help guide middle schoolers as they work to build a city of the future. Mentors meet with teams once or twice a month to provide suggestions, advice and share their STEM experience from the real world.  Click here for more information.

Future City Judges Needed

support STEM education2.jpg

This year, another record-breaking number of middle schools are registered for the WI Regional Future City Competition, so the need for volunteers is greater than ever. STEM Forward is looking for SimCity and essay judges.

SimCity Judges

The first part of the competition is ready to be judged - the SimCity virtual city.  This deliverable is a PowerPoint presentation showing the growth of their city as students focus on accomplishing two specific goals. Presentations are pdf files that will be scored on a computer using a rubric. 

A total of 15-20 judges are needed for each session. Training, pizza, soda and treats will be provided at the following sessions:

Tuesday, November 28 at WI Lutheran High School
330 Gleview Avenue, Milwaukee
4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7 at Waukesha STEM Academy
130 Walton Avenue, Waukesha
4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13 at WI Lutheran High School
330 Glenview Avenue, Milwaukee
4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

For questions or to sign up, email Joe Luchessi at Times can be flexible, if needed, but we would appreciate a two-hour commitment.

Essay Judges

Each year, middle school teams participating in Future City must submit an essay on a given topic. This year's topic is the Age-Friendly City.


Students must determine an age-related challenge faced by older adults in their city and develop two innovative solutions that allow the senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be. The essays are 1,500 words.

Judging is done online from Dec. 21 to Jan. 10 at your convenience - so you can even judge from home! To register as an essay judge, go to Select Regional Competition Judge, then complete the basic information and select Essay Judge as your involvement role. For questions, please contact Kelly Wesolowski at


View articles from the 2017 Competition.