ESD Seeks Mentors, Judges For Future City

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit is seeking mentors and judges to work on the 2015 Future City Michigan Regional Competition.

Future City is a cross-curricular educational program where middle school students work as a team with an educator and volunteer mentor to design a city set 150 yearse in the future.

Mentors spend an hour or two a week between now and January coaching and advising their team. Mentors are an integral part of the Future City team, serving as the team advisor and advocate for all phases of the program, providing valuable input and technical assistance.

The mentor makes connections to real life engineering experiences, serves as a coach, and helps students translate the academic to the real world of engineering.

People who work in the engineering community are preferred to serve as mentors. This includes not only various types of engineers, but also technical professionals, architects, and city or urban planners.

In Future City, teams create their city of the future on SimCity software. They also write an essay about their city, and write and perform an oral presentation promoting their city.

Judges are needed for three stages of the competition:

• SimCity Computer Design — to be judged in December and January.
• Essays and Narratives — to be judged in December and January.
• Competition Day — attend on competition day, Jan. 26, 2015, and evaluate the team’s models and presentations.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor or judge, please contact Brenda Grafton at bgrafton@esd.org, or call 248-353-0735, ext. 154.

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