We are so excited to have you visit us and learn what we have to offer middle school students across NC!

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Future City Steering Committee has decided to cancel this year’s regional competition. We will not be moving a team forward to the national competition this year. While we are disappointed to deliver this news, it is the best decision for this school year. We hope to resume our competition for the 2021-2022 school year.

We acknowledge that the Future City Program provides incredible support and skill development in areas that are critical for student success. One of our core beliefs is that every student in North Carolina should have the opportunity to participate in the Future City Program and we value the enthusiasm of the mentors, teachers, and students in grades 6 through 8 across the state. It is for these reasons that we want to offer some alternative options to support teacher and students for the 2020-2021 school year designed to keep everyone safe and engaged in learning.

The NC Regional Future City Competition is a statewide program that teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students problem solving techniques through hands-on project- and problem-based learning. Middle School students learn a problem-solving process called the Engineering Design Process (EDP) as they imagine, plan and create cities of the future. Working as a team, students along with an educator and an engineering mentor, plan a city using SimCity ™ software; describe their research and implement solutions to engineering problems via city essays, plan and create tabletop, 3-D, scale models of their cities using recycled materials; and finally, present their ideas before judges at annual regional competitions.




Executive Director: Nancy Shaw; ncshaw@ncsu.edu: 919-515-9731 (office); 919-515-8702 (fax)

Want to visit the National Future City website to learn more?

How To Begin!

  • Register for the Competition

  • Form your Teams!

  • Keep on top of Deadlines

  • Research your Future City

  • Write your City Essay

  • Load your City Model, bring your best Presentation and compete with us in Raleigh, NC.

  • The 2019-2020 Future City theme was The year’s Future City theme is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow . The 2020-2021 theme is coming soon so stay tuned!

  • Remember, Future City for NC Schools is FREE. Please disregard the $25 fee when you register and do NOT send money. Just click OK and complete the registration form!

  • The updated Future City Program Handbook will be available online from the National Future City website in July 2021. Go to "resources" at the top of the page, select Program Handbook, then click the handbook link to download.

  • Future City - NC Deliverable Due Dates are available and have been posted. Please check the NC Future City calendar!