National Engineers Week
Regional Competition Jan. 20-21, 2012
National Engineers Week 2012
February 17-22


FC2012 Houston and South Texas Regional Highlights – See Below
Competition Registration Form

Workshop Schedule for 2012 Competition
List of Schools Registered for 2012 Competition
Map of the San Jacinto Campus

(W. M. Newton Student Center, Second Floor, Building #3 in the Map)
Map of Location of the San Jacinto Campus
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Steering Committee
View the local Future City Competition Schedule

Future City 2012 Competition

Houston-Regional Competition FC2012 Key Dates

 Schedule – Overall

  • School/Team Registration Deadline:  October 31st, 2011
  • Phase I 10/16 to 12/01/2011 – Computer Design (disk & printout) delivery by 12/01/11
    Design the City; average hours spent by the team,18; disk and poster printout deadline:  December 1st, 2011
  • Phase II 10/16 – Local Competition
    01/20-21/2012 – Regional… Building MODEL- (check dimensions rule in the manual) bring to the Regional Contest
       Build a Model; average hours spent, 40; work from October 16, 2011 to January 21, 2012 Regional Competition:
    Oral presentation at the local finals; average hours spent, 7
    Team must explain their city design in a 7 minute presentation and answer questions asked by the judges for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Phase III 10/15- Local Competition
    By Saturday01/14/2012 – Regional …Essay and Abstract (delivered by 1/14/2012) – Oral at the Regional on January 21st 2012
    Essay, check permissible number in the manual; average hour spent, 8;
    Work from December 4, 2011 to January 14, 2012.
    Essay will be judged separately and given to competition judges prior to the competition.
  • National Competition – February 17-22, 2012, Washington D.C. Regional winning team to stay in DC Saturday February 17th through Wednesday February 22nd ,2012.


General Information

I. Work as a team under the guidance of a teacher and a practicing engineer,
II.  Apply their knowledge to real world situations,
III.  See firsthand how engineers turn ideas into reality,
IV.  Use a popular award-winning computer game, SimCity 4 TM, to design their future city,
V. Build a scale model of a city section, and
VI.  Learn how engineers design a transportation system by writing an essay.

The Future City Competition requires:
I. Problem-solving
II.  Team work
III. Research and presentation skills
IV.  Practical math and science applications
V.  Computer skills

The competition employs a team-based approach. All members of the team have a role that is necessary for the completion of the project.

Team Composition
Engineer-volunteers come from:

  • Local engineering firms
    · Engineering Societies
    · School business partner
    · Parents of students who are engineers
    · PTA (Parent/Teacher Association)

Role of the Teacher

The teacher is encouraged to participate in the competition as a facilitator and advisor to the team members. It would be helpful to point out examples of actual problems or successes they are experiencing in their future city through your local newspapers or other news sources.

Role of the Students
The students are the actual creators of their “future city” with the help and advice from their volunteer engineer and teacher. Students are to demonstrate sportsman-like behavior. Students need allow all team members to provide input. Where there is disagreement, measures should be taken by team members to agree on a compromise. It is through cooperation, that you will create a winning future city entry for the competition.

Competition Structure
I. Computerized design using SimCity 4 TM provided by Maxis (supplied with registration)
II.  Physical scale-model of a city  section
III.  Essay on the theme “Fuel your future: Imagine new ways to meet our energy needs and maintain a healthy planet” and a city narrative.
IV.  Team verbal presentation
Phase I: Design City
In Phase I, the team will design its city using SimCity 4 TM software provided by Maxis. Software is downloaded and regional coordinator provides codes to each school for its validation and usage. This will be done between October 16 and December 4, 2011. The program does not have a time limit on designing a new city, so the city may be designed to any year in the future. The only limitation is on the rate of development since all of the constraints present in building real cities (taxes, traffic congestion, pollution, etc.) and the time available.  After design work is completed, the team prints out two color poster-sized map of their city. One copy of the map will be sent to the regional coordinator along with the disk and the computer score sheet. The other printout will be used at the regional and national competitions to show the entire city layout.  This copy is kept by the team and brought to the competition.

Phase II: Build Model
In Phase II of the competition, the team will build a scale model of a section of the city. (Please note that it would be impossible to build a model of the entire city, since the SimCity 4 TM printout represents approximately 10 square miles.) The purpose of the model is to give a 3-D view of how one section of the future city would look. Building the model will be done between December 4, 2010 and January 21, 2011. Typically, teams spend an average of 40 to 60 hours on building their model.

Model Size
The physical model must be no larger than 25”[W],X 50”[L]X20”[H], including all supporting braces, materials hanging below or beyond the tabletop, and all fully extended parts, [Check the rest of the details given in the Educator’s Manual].The team will decide what materials to use to construct the model, such as Styrofoam, balsa wood, cardboard, clay or toothpicks.  They have to be inventive because of the cost limitations so that items such as soda bottles, L’eggs containers, candy boxes, empty cans and a variety of materials find their way into the models.

Moving Part
The model must contain a moving part, such as a transportation or communications component. If a power source is used, the power must be self-contained

Model Identification
Students post a 4″ x 6″ index card anywhere on the model containing the city name, school name, and the 5-team member names. The card must be visible.

Computer City Map
The Computer City Map representing the future city (created with the SimCity 4 TM software) will be on display with the model.

Cost of Model Materials
The total cost of all materials used to make the model and including any other materials used in support of the verbal presentation, may not exceed $100 (cash or in-kind).   Materials should be recycled as much as possible.

Phase III: Essay / City Narrative

In Phase III of the competition, the students will write a 1,000 word essay on the assigned theme and a 500 word narrative on their city.

EssayDetails (Theme: Fuel Your Future:


Essay Requirements
Essay theme is unrelated to your future city.  There is a penalty for exceeding the 1,000 word limit.

City Narrative
In addition, as part of the requirements, students will write a 500 word city narrative describing their city and some of its services. The purpose of the abstract is to give the judges a quick overview of the city.  There is a penalty for exceeding the 500 word limit.

Phase IV: Verbal Presentation

The students will prepare a presentation discussing their city and its amenities. The maximum time for this presentation is 5 to 7 minutes and will be timed at both the regional and national competitions. The students will also be evaluated as a team on how well they can explain the design and function of their futuristic city. Students are encouraged to use flip chart or poster-sized materials to present their city to a panel of judges. The total cost of the materials used in support of the verbal presentation must be included in the $100 limitation.
The competition judging takes part in four phases:

Map Judging (January 14th, 2012 – Due for Judging)
During December, the maps and disks, which the students have prepared, will be gathered and provided to a team of judges in early January. The maps are used for the overview, but the actual scoring is done after loading the disks into computers.  By turning off various layers, the judges can view all of the critical elements of the cities and score them.

Essay Judging
In mid January, the essays and abstracts (city narrative) will be submitted by the teams and distributed to a separate team of judges.  They are scored by the judges based on the competition criteria and sent back so that they will be available to the presentation judges as background information.

Preliminary Round Presentation Judging
On competition day (this year it will be Saturday, January 21, 2012),the teams in this year’s competition will  again come to the San Jacinto College Central for the presentation judging.  Each team will present their city for seven minutes to a team of 3-4 judges.  Then the teams will be questioned for an additional eight minutes to see how well they have performed their research.  The judges are rotated in a matrix fashion to provide as even a judging as possible.

Final Round Presentation Judging
Using the score from the maps, essays and presentations, five teams will be selected to participate in the final round judging.  The five finalists give their presentations to, and are questioned by a complete new team of judges.

Competition Awards
All of the five finalists will be given certificates for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention (remaining two finalists).  The first place team will have their model shipped to Washington, DC and the team will receive a trip to Washington to participate in the National Future City Competition during National Engineers Week, February 17-22, 2012.  There, they will compete with teams from other regional competitions. They will be trying for one of the three national awards.

Special Awards
In addition to the competition awards, there are a number of special awards provided by corporations, technical societies and individuals to schools showing excellence in special categories such as transportation, energy distribution, waste water treatment, manufacturing, fire protection and many others.  (Last year we had 12 different special awards). The goal is to have the teams leave the competition feeling that they have been recognized for their efforts.

Dr. Zafar Taqvi
Regional Coordinator
9874 Sageaspen
Houston, TX 77089
Cell: 713-392-1280
e-mail – Z.Taqvi@ieee.org

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