Volunteer Opportunities

Future City - volunteers needed

Future City - volunteers needed

The Future City Competition (FCC) is a project-based learning experience where students in grades 6-8 imagine, research, design, and build cities at least 100 years in the future. Schools or recognized youth organizations can form teams and have the option to compete in the state competition. Students spend approximately five months (September-January) completing the following deliverables: a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model of their city built from recycled materials; a four-part project plan; a 7-minute team presentation; and a Q&A session with judges (professionals in STEM fields who volunteer their time). The theme of the 2022-2023 Future City Competition is “Climate Change Challenge.”

There are 2 different judging opportunities:

  • Essay Judge – virtual – volunteers read 5 research essays written by the students on the “Climate Change Challenge” theme. A rubric and scoresheet are provided. Scores are submitted electronically. Time commitment: 3 hours. Essays are available to be judged starting in mid-December. Scores are due in early January. Read more about the essay: https://futurecity.org/about-the-competition/competition-deliverables/city-description
  • City Model/Presentation Judge – in person – volunteers come to the MN Regional Finals on 1/21/23 at Dakota County Technical College from 8 am-noon. Judges listen to 6 different student teams give a 7-minute presentation, then ask the students follow-up questions about their city model. Judges are in teams of two. Friends can request to judge as a team. A rubric and scoresheet are provided. Coffee, treats, and lunch are provided to judges as well. It’s a really fun time!

Register as a judge here (be sure to choose “Minnesota” as your state): https://dashboard.futurecity.org/register/

If you have questions, please contact Colleen Feller.

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