The Future City Competition introduces students to engineering through practical applications of math and science and hands-on work with engineers. Teams consist of three students in the seventh or eighth grades, assisted by a teacher and volunteer engineer mentor. They design future cities on a computer and then use a blueprint to build a model of a city section. Students must also write an essay on an assigned topic and defend their city design to a group of judges at the regional competition. Winning teams proceed to the National Finals in Washington D. C.
Work at the school level begins in September and ends the last of October. The winning team for STM will work on its city until the Louisiana Regional Competition in mid-January. If the team wins regionals, it will continue to practice until mid-February when the National Finals are held.
Mrs. Shirley Newman is the Future City Competition moderator.