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Philadelphia Future City Competition Volunteer Information

The 2022 competition will be a virtual as it was in 2021. Volunteer roles include working directly (virtually and/or in-person) with the student teams as a mentor, judging of essays prior to the competition, judging models and presentations, evaluating for special awards, general tasks, Zoom hosts, providing technical support on the day of the competition and serving on the Steering Committee to help plan the competition.


Mentor: Work with a student team to build their model and prepare for the competition. Teams may be meeting virtually this year so you may be asked to work with a team outside your geographic area. Even if your team is meeting in-person, you could work with them virtually.

City Essay Judge: Evaluate a 1,500-word essay describing each team's city and response to the engineering challenge. The instructions for accessing and judging the essays will be emailed to you. Essays will be available for judging in mid-December and judging will be completed by mid-January. We anticipate 30-35 essays will be submitted; all judges will evaluate all essays, which could take about 20 minutes per essay. Rubrics will be provided. The scores will need to be entered into the new Competition Management System (CMS)

Model/Presentation/Q&A Judge: There will be three deliverables for each team that the judges will need to evaluate.

We anticipate that each judge will evaluate five to six teams and will need to evaluate all three elements for these teams. Rubrics will be provided for each deliverable. Training before the competition will be provided via Zoom. The scores for all three deliverables will need to be entered into the new Competition Management System (CMS)

Special Awards Evaluator: Select which teams meet the criteria for a Special Award. Evaluators will be able to review team model slideshows and video presentations before the competition (available shortly after January 10) . These will also be available on the day of the competition. Evaluators will need to be available on the morning of January 22 to meet with teams in-person or virtually for Q&A. Scores will be recorded online which can be done using a mobile device while a computer is used for Q&A via Zoom with the students. Training and detailed instructions will be provided.

Competition Support: If you have been a “Competition Support” person in previous years, this is the equivalent role in the virtual world and we still need you. Duties will range from being virtual escorts for teams to taking screen captures and recording videos of the teams. Training will be provided on activities specific to your role as needed..

Zoom Hosts: The competition will be held virtually in a virtual convention center and have about 8 simultaneous Zoom meetings, in the morning, most with many breakout rooms. In the afternoon there will be a webinar that requires several co-hosts to manage the flow of panelists as various teams take and leave the virtual stage. If you are an experienced Zoom host or a tech person who wants to do something audacious, we need you to help us pull this off.

CLICK HERE to volunteer for the Competition
CLICK HERE for more information on the Future City Competition in Philadelphia
CLICK HERE for the national Future City Competition site

Last Modified 11/15/2021 4:08 PM