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Make a Difference, Be a Future City Judge

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SimCity Judges NEEDED

The first part of the competition is ready to be judged - students' SimCity virtual city. This deliverable is a PowerPoint presentation showing the growth of their city as they focus on accomplishing two specific goals. The 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, which runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Training, pizza, soda and treats will be provided at the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018Wisconsin Lutheran High School
    330 Glenview Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213 

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018Wisconsin Lutheran High School
    330 Glenview Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213

  •  Thursday, December 6, 2018Waukesha STEM Academy
    130 Walton Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53189

  •  Thursday, December 13, 2018Waukesha STEM Academy
    130 Walton Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53189

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

Essay Judges NEEDED

Each year, middle school teams participating in Future City must submit an essay on a given topic. This year's challenge is Powering Our Future.

Students must design a resilient power grid for their city that can withstand and quickly recover from a natural disaster and explain how it works. The essays are about 1,500 words.

Judging is done online from Dec. 21 to Jan. 9 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, contact Heather Dummer Combs at

Virtual Mentors Needed for STEM Forward’s WI Regional
Future City Competition

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STEM Forward is looking for virtual mentors to help guide middle schoolers as they work to build a city of the future. Mentors should meet with teams at least a couple times, then communicate virtually via Skype, Facetime, email or phone to provide suggestions, advice and share their STEM experience from the real world. This is ideal for teams that meet during the business day when working professionals are unable to take off work.

The WI Regional Future City Competition is hosted by STEM Forward, and is part of a national contest that starts with a simple question - how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, sixth-,seventh- and eighth-graders imagine, research, design and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. 

Teams from around the state work with their teacher and mentor to build their city of tomorrow. Then, they contend in the regional competition at MSOE's Kern Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact Heather Dummer Combs at or (414) 810-7836.

Make a Donation

Your generous, tax-deductible donation will help us achieve our vision and provide access to quality STEM programs in southeastern Wisconsin. Donations can be made by sending a check to STEM Forward:

1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Thank you for your support and investment in STEM education!