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Living on the MoonThe 2020–2021 Future City theme is Living on the Moon. Teams will be asked to identify and tackle the many daunting challenges that are unique to living on the Moon.
TeamsUp to 4 teams from each registered school can compete at the Regional Competition in January
- 3 student presenters, though more students can particpate
- A teacher/coach
- Teachers/Coaches include certified teachers, parents, community members interested in leading teams
- An engineer/mentor
- Provide technical assistance
- Devote 20 – 40 hours of their time over the length of the project
- Local companies related to the theme
- Technical/Engineering firms
- City/County officials or engineers
- National engineering and professional organizations
- If all else fails, contact the regional coordinators
ScoringThere are 5 competition components worth a total of 208 points. Each form has its own point value and deadline. Please refer to the rubrics, guidelines, and competition rules outlined in your 2020-2021 Future City Handbook to ensure you have up-to-date information and the best chance to meet requirements.
SimCity / Virtual City: 0 pointsThe Virtual City is no longer a judged or required deliverable. Nationals encourages teams to use SimCity or similar software as an educational tool to test their ideas and practice designing and managing a city. – The SimCity map uploaded to the CMS.
City Essay: 58 pointsDue date is January 13, 2021 – Uploaded to the CMS.
Physical Model: 65 pointsDue date is January 13, 2021 – Uploaded to the CMS.
City Presentation: 50 pointsDue date is January 13, 2021 – Video shared via site such as YouTube or Vimeo
Project Plan: 10 pointsDue date is January 13, 2021 – Upload to the CMS.
City Q&A: 25 pointsDue date is January 25, 2021 – the day of the competition.
Media Form: 0 pointsDue date is January 23, 2021 – Digital waivers due by the day of competition.
Competition Expense Form: 0 pointsDue date is January 25, 2021 – the day of the competition.
- Missing the submission deadline for City Model, City Presentation or City Essay – 5-10 points
- Exceeding the City Essay word count – 10 points
- Exceeding the 25 slide limit – 15 points
- Missing, incomplete, or inaccurate Competition Expense Form (including receipts) – 15 points
- Exceeding the $100 budget or misrepresenting the values of materials used in the City Model and/or presentation/special awards – 15 points
- Missing identification information on first slide – 5 points
- Changing text box size or including written content outside of approved text boxes – 15 points
- Missing Honor Statement – 2 points
- Unsportsmanlike conduct (rude behavior or disruption of judging by any team member or guests) – 20 points
- Plagiarism (if a team’s City Essay is determined to be plagiarized) – 0 points earned for deliverable
- Destruction of another team’s model or presentation materials or actions or comments from team members or team supporters that malign, disparage, or harass regional coordinators or volunteers – disqualification
AwardsOnly the 3 presenters are eligible for awards at the Regional and National Competitions. Special Awards are presented by sponsors (Special Awards change annually depending on the sponsors each year). Remember to register your team for our regional Special Awards. Regional Top 5 Teams (2nd-5th) receive trophies and medals. First Place Regional winners receive trophies (Regional and National) and medals. This team will go on to compete in the National Finals in the spring.
Best City EssayBest City Essay that meets all competition requirements and has the highest score as voted on by judges before Regional Competition Sponsored by Future City Iowa
Best City ModelBest City Model that meets all competition requirements and has the highest score as voted on by judges during the Regional Competition Sponsored by Future City Iowa
Best City PresentationBest City Presentation that meets all competition requirements and has the highest score as voted on by judges before Regional Competition Sponsored by Future City Iowa
Special AwardsWe will present Special Awards at the 2021 Iowa Regional Future City Competition. Teams of judges from local businesses will talk to students about their cities. Prior to the competition, each team will select the Special Awards for which they would like to be considered.
Environmental Vision AwardThe city that demonstrates the best environmental vision for clean air, water, and land Sponsored by Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Best Use OF Recycled MaterialsThe model with the most creative way that one to a few items from “our world” cleverly became something else within the Future City Sponsored by The Curiosity Path
Most diverse InfrastructureTeams will be evaluated on their diversity of materials and geometries. Importance will also be placed on the unique uses of these materials Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers – East Central Iowa
Best Land Surveying PracticesThe design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public’s safety and welfare Sponsored by NCEES
Best City AppDesign an app for your Future City using Code.org’s app lab. How could an app enhance the lives of citizens in your Future City? Assist with energy or water infrastructure? Help with transportation challenges? Maybe recreation or education services? Once you have a concept for how an app could help your citizens, use your computer coding skills to make a prototype of your city’s new app using Code.org’s App Lab. Sponsored by NewBoCo K-12 Education
Best Land ManagementSome of the best ways to protect the environment are to minimize land disturbance and protect existing natural resources such as woodlands, prairies, and water resources. The challenge in development is to reduce environmental impact by using the lay of the land to determine the best location for things such as buildings, streets, schools, etc. Sponsored by MMS Consultants
Most Innovative System DesignThe model that integrates the most innovative system (e.g. transportation, water, and wastewater) for a community Sponsored by ASCE Eastern Iowa Young Member Group
Best Constructed ModelThe model that demonstrates the best construction principles which ensure its sturdiness and durability Sponsored by ASCE Eastern Iowa Young Member Group
Most Innovative Power Distribution/Communications SystemThe model with the most innovative method or technique for generating or transmitting power or providing communications Sponsored by IEEE
Best Future City Project PlanTeams should be able to explain how they followed the project cycle, including how they created their project schedule, assigned responsibilities, and monitored and controlled their work. Teams should be able to discuss their answers to the Team Reflection questions. Samples of work that highlight teams’ project management activities are encouraged. Sponsored by PMI Education Foundation
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