Middle School Students From Across North America Prepare to Present Their Innovative Engineering Solutions at 28th Annual Future City® Competition Finals

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Release Date: 

February 6th, 2020

We turn on the faucet and clean water flows. Most of us don’t give it much thought. But for civil engineers, urban planners, developers, and other professionals, maintaining a reliable water supply takes expertise, planning and constant vigilance. A water-resilient city must be prepared to address a wide range of risks, including drought, flooding, population change, natural and manmade disasters and economic recession.

Since last fall, more than 45,000 middle school students from 1,500 schools in more than 40 regions across the US, China, and Canada have imagined, designed and built cities for the 2019-2020 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow, challenges students to identify an urban water system threat and develop a futuristic solution to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

In January, each region held qualifying competitions to select which teams would compete at the Future City Finals. Now, those winners are preparing to travel to Washington, DC for the Finals, to be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, February 15-19, 2020, during Engineers Week. The exciting competition takes place over four days and culminates with one team taking home the grand prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for their school’s STEM program (provided by Finals sponsor Bentley Systems).

Working with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software); a 1,500 word essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?

Future City will be streaming the Finals. The livestream begins on Tuesday, February 18th at 8:30am (EST) as the competition kicks off with the annual parade of teams. The Future City Finals grand prize winner will be announced at approximately 12:00pm (EST). Watch live at discovere.org, futurecity.org, or on Facebook at facebook.com/FutureCityCompetition/

The Future City Competition has been recognized with numerous prestigious national awards as a leading engineering education program.

In 2017-18, Future City was honored by US2020 and co-founding sponsors, Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services, for its achievements and innovations in STEM education and its accessibility to underrepresented youth.

In 2016, the Future City Competition received the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction, presented by Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum. 

In 2015, Future City was named the grand prize winner in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program, receiving a $100,000 award. The UL award highlights the essential, urgent and significant value of E-STEM education.

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including team mentors and regional coordinators. For more information about Future City and volunteer opportunities, visit www.futurecity.org.

Major funding for the Future City Finals comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, NCEES, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. Additional program support provided by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, EA, NASA*, Northrup Grumman Foundation, UEF and UL.

*The material contained in this document is based upon work supported by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant or cooperative agreement No. 80NSSC19M0159. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.


Future City Competition - National:

Carina Sayles

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(212) 725-5200 ext. 210



Alyssa Tognetti

Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

(212) 725-5200 ext. 114






School: Academy for Science and Foreign Language
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Future City Name: Nitocris



School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Hometown: Maricopa, AZ
Future City Name: Salt Lake City


California (Northern)

School: Gratton School
Hometown: Denair, CA
Future City Name: Pearl City


California (Southern)

School: St. Michael’s School
Hometown: Poway, CA
Future City Name: HydroCity


Canada (Prince Edward Island)

School: Rothesay Netherwood School

Hometown: Rothesay, NB, Canada

Future City Name: Bevetia


China (Shanghai)

School: Shanghai Jianping Experimental Middle School

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Future City Name: Immortacity


China (Sichuan)

School: Tianfu No. 7 High School

Hometown: Sichuan, China

Future City Name: Akoya


China (Zhejiang)

School: Hangzou Wenhai Experimental School

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

Future City Name: Faraige City



School: Liberty Classical Academy

Hometown: New Castle, CO

Future City: Mikeili


Florida (South)

School: St. Hugh Catholic School
Hometown: Miami, FL

Future City Name: Svinopsa


Florida (Tampa Bay)

School: James B. Sanderlin IB World School

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Future City Name: Amanzi



School: Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School
Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA
Future City Name: SMART Springs


Great Plains

School: Southwest Middle School
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Future City Name: Lima



School: Light Of Learning

Hometown: Boise, ID

Future City Name: Luna Glacias


Illinois (Chicago)

School: Prairie Junior High School             

Hometown: Alsip, Illinois

Future City Name: Neositnalta



School: Norwell Middle School

Hometown: Ossian, IN
Future City Name: Yemoja



School: Harding Middle School
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Future City Name: Potamoi



School: Eminence Middle School
Hometown: Eminence, KY
Future City Name: Gontario






School: St. John Lutheran
Hometown: Rochester, MI
Future City Name: Fuerstein



School: Edlin School
Hometown: Reston, VA
Future City Name: Mní-Wičóni



School: Justice Page Middle School
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Future City Name: Nuova Venezia



School: St. Clair Junior High School

Hometown: St. Clair, MO

Future City Name: La Tierra Prometida



School: Wayne Junior-High School

Hometown: Wayne, NB
Future City Name: Ciudad de Oportunidad



School: Saville Middle School

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Future City Name: Anthonville


New England

School: Evans and Barry Homeschool
Hometown: Harvard, MA
Future City Name: Ünderarctica


New Jersey

School: Frelinghuysen Middle School

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Future City Name: Tourmalia


New Mexico

School: Annunciation Catholic School

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Future City: Masfimiah


New York (Albany)

School: Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY
Future City Name: Nerosparta


New York (City)

School: Columbia Secondary School

Hometown: New York, NY
Future City Name: Aurora


New York (Western)

School: Mill Middle School
Hometown: Williamsville (Buffalo), NY
Future City Name: Iberis


North Carolina

School: Langtree Charter
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Future City Name: Chhnok Tru


North Dakota

School: South Heart School

Hometown: South Heart, ND
Future City Name: Quevere



School: Batavia Middle School
Hometown: Batavia, OH
Future City Name: Aquawen



School: Sequoyah Middle School
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Future City Name: Prachur Chennai


Pennsylvania (Central)

School: Warwick Middle School
Hometown: Lititz, PA
Future City Name: Belgrade


Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

School: Lionville Middle School
Hometown: Exton, PA
Future City Name: Adaloquo


Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

School: The Ellis School

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Future City Name: Tutum-Certa


South Carolina

School: Merriwether Middle School
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Future City Name: Novus Valde



School: Anoor Academy of Knoxville

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Future City Name: Morungatuny


Texas (Houston)

School: Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning
Hometown: Houston, TX
Future City Name: Agua Propre City





Texas (North)

School: DiscoverSTEM
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Future City Name: Pawlington



School: Valley Catholic Middle School
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Future City Name: Hydro City



School: Glen Hills Middle School
Hometown: Glendale, WI
Future City Name: Swivenzille