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Volunteers needed for the 17th Annual Minnesota Future City Competition!

The 2016-17 Minnesota Future City Competition is off to a great start. On the national level, this year is the 25th anniversary of Future City! The theme of this year's competition is "The Power of Public Space." Students in grades 6-8 will work in teams this fall/winter to design a futuristic city, rst by playing SimCity, then by building a tabletop scale model of their city. Students also write a research essay and give an oral presentation.

Volunteers are needed as mentors and judges.


Mentoring involves meeting with a Future City team at their school (either during the school day or after school). The teacher is always present during meetings. Engineer mentors share career experience with the students and offer guidance as students work
on the Future City deliverables. Mentors generally visit a school once a week or every other week. Virtual mentoring with Skype, email, Google Docs, etc. also works well if there isn't school near your work or home.

The following schools are looking for mentors. Please contact Colleen Feller at colleen.feller@metroecsu.org or 612.638.1511 if you would like to talk with a teacher to see if your schedules match.

-Art and Science Academy, Isanti, MN
-Gateway Academy, Farmington, MN
-John Metcalf Middle School, Burnsville, MN
-Hidden Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake, MN
-New London-Spicer Middle School, New London, MN
-Twin Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake, MN

There are three opportunities for judging (described below). Sign up for one or all three!

1. Computer City Design. Students submit a slideshow that documents what they learned from playing SimCity. Judges do not need SimCity software to evaluate this deliverable. You will read through the students’ slideshow (submitted as a pdf) at home and ll out the online score sheet. Judging takes place in early December and takes 3 hours. A rubric is provided. Read more about the virtual city design.

2. City Essay. Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and providing a solution to this year's challenge: The Power of Public Space. Students will include two detailed accounts of how the city converted two different areas, a roadway and a brown eld or grey eld, into public space. Judges download essays at home and submit scores online. Judging takes place from late December to early January and takes 3 hours. A rubric is provided. Read more about the city essay.

3. Model and Presentation. Regional finals will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. Working in teams, judges will listen to the students give their presentations and evaluate their physical city model. The time commitment is 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Read more about the model and presentation.

Register to be a judge by going to: https://secure.futurecity.org/JudgeBin/Judge/Open/Enroll

Please contact Colleen Feller, MN Future City Competition Coordinator, if you have questions about mentoring or judging (612.638.1511; colleen. feller@metroecsu.org).