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Competition will be
Virtual in January 2021

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Future City
Engineering Fair
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding the school year and extracurricular activities, Future City has been restructured so that teams can complete the deliverables in-person (i.e. in a classroom or afterschool program) or remotely (i.e. collaborating online while learning from home). The competitions (regionals and Finals) will also take place online, rather than in-person. In addition the 2020 Philadelphia Future City Engineering Fair will also be an online experience, significantly different than in past years.

To learn more about changes in the Future City program download this PDF file
Programmatic Changes 2020-2021_Final.pdf

Addition information about the competition deliverables due to COVID-19 can be found on the National Future City Competition site

The 2020—2021 Future City theme is Living on the Moon.

At night, surrounded by stars or clouds, the Moon looks distant and lifeless. However, it holds a place of unique beauty and dominance in the sky and has been inspiring humanity for eons. Dreamers of all kinds—artists, science fiction writers, scientists, engineers—have imagined a thriving city on the Moon, one with healthy people and a resourceful, sustainable ecosystem. New ideas are constantly being dreamed up and tested.

The competition challenge: Design a future lunar city and provide examples of how your city uses two Moon resources to keep your citizens safe and healthy.




The mission of the DiscoverE Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for middle school students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.
The Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition is a 501.c.3 educational outreach program of DiscoverE. We are one of 39 regional programs conducted throughout the country with the goal to introduce middle school students to the engineering profession. The Future City Program continues to be on the National Association of Secondary School Principals' National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities.
The Philadelphia Regional Competition draws schools from Philadelphia and surrounding counties including the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Students from middle schools and after school programs in the region form teams consisting of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who work with a teacher and an engineer mentor from September to January.

Sponsors of the Philadelphia Future City Competition
Competition Overview Schools Registered Volunteer Opportunities
National Future City Competition Past Competitions Future City Philadelphia Steering Committee
2008 Philadelphia inductees
into the Future City Hall of Fame
Philadelphia Future City
In The News
Team Instructions
Competition Flyer Engineering Fair Engineering Fair Flyer

For Web site Information see Steering Committee


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