Future Cities Competition - Volunteers Needed

  • 21 Jan 2023
  • ASU Preparatory Academy


The SEAoA is once again sponsoring an award at the Future Cities competition. This is an annual event for 6th-8th grade students. The purpose is to expose these students to engineering and encourage this as a possible future career path. The competition will be live and in person this year!

The students have been preparing since September. Around 100 teams normally make it to the regional finals. Teams of 3-4 students create a computer model of a city, write essays and narratives, build a scale model of part of their city and finally, they make a 7-minute presentation. Many societies such as the SEAoA give out awards pertinent to our fields.  

We are looking for some volunteers to help out. 

The time commitment is not significant. We will get 1-3 page essays from the teams to review for items relating to structural engineering. We will split them up among the judges and then share the ones that relate to our field. Then, between January 15-21, the team models will be on display at the Burton Barr library- so we can go see them (as our schedules allow) and narrow down the list of teams we want to talk to during the main competition.    

The competition itself is on the morning of January 21 (Saturday) at the ASU Preparatory Academy in downtown Phoenix. We can talk with the teams and see their presentations.

If anyone is able to participate, your help would be appreciated. 

Please let Richard Dahlmann ( know if you can help out or would like more details.  

It is a lot of fun seeing what ideas the kids come up with- and it is a great way to introduce them to Structural Engineering.  

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