Volunteer Opportunities

MN Future City Judging Opportunities - Volunteers (virtual & in-person) needed!

Thank you for your past involvement with the Minnesota Future City Competition! We are back for the 2021-2022 season! This year's theme is A Waste-Free Future – Students are challenged to use the three principles of a circular economy to design a futuristic, waste-free city.

Participating middle school students are working hard on their projects. We need engineers, surveyors, architects, city planners, scientists and other STEM professionals to volunteer as judges to evaluate the students’ work. We provide rubrics and training. Please share these volunteer opportunities with your colleagues.
Judge Roles:
  1. City Essay – Virtual Judging -- Students write a 1,500 word essay addressing this year’s theme (A Waste-Free Future) and describing the unique aspects of their futuristic city. Judges evaluate essays at their home of office from mid-December to mid-January and submit scores online.
  2. City Model Slideshow – Virtual Judging – Due to the pandemic, students will create a slideshow about their city model as the deliverable. Judges evaluate slideshows at their home or office in early to mid-January and submit scores online.
  3. City Presentation – Virtual Judging -- Due to the pandemic, students will record a 7-minute video presentation about their future city. Judges evaluate presentations at their home or office in early to mid-January and submit scores online.
  4. City Q&A – Hopefully in-person on 1/22/22 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount – Judges attend the final competition, see the students’ city models, and engage in a 10-minute Q&A with students about their project. This will pivot to a live virtual competition on the same day and time if needed.
Sign up* for one, two, three, or all four judging opportunities!
*Be sure to select “regional competition judge” and choose “Minnesota” as your region.
Learn more about volunteering as a Future City judge: https://futurecity.org/participants/judges
Thank you for your support of Future City!

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