ESD Future City Teams Need Mentors

SOUTHFIELD — Several teams in The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Michigan Regional Future City competition still need professional mentors to make their dreams of a city of the future come true.

The following schools are in need of mentors. (Where a day and time is indicated, that is the time when the school’s Future City team meets. Where no day or time is indicated, contact ESD for further information.)

* Bates Academy, Detroit, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 1:50 to 2:40 p.m.
* J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy, Detroit
* Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Detroit
* Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, Detroit
* Henderson Academy, Detroit
* Patrick Henry Middle School, Woodhaven, Mondays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
* Schulze Academy for Technology and the Arts, Detroit
* Clippert Academy, Detroit, Fridays, times vary
* Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Detroit

Future City is a cross-curricular educational program in which students work as a team with an educator and volunteer mentor to design a city set at least 100 years in the future. They develop the city with SimCity gaming software, build a scale model of the city, and develop written and oral presentations about their city. All of these components of the city are judged by volunteer professionals in engineering and architecture.

The mentor is an integral part of every Future City team. Mentors spend an hour or two a week between now and January coaching and advising their team. Mentors spend time in the classroom as well as being available by email.

Mentors provide advice, guidance and technical assistance as their students work on their various Future City project components. In the early weeks, mentors meet with their team to get to know the students and focus them on the big picture — good urban design, an overview of the city organizing principle, and brainstorming
possible solutions. Later, mentors help their teams build a model of their city, teaching the students about scale, and help them fine-tune their oral and written presentations.

People who work in the engineering and technical committee are preferred to serve as mentors. This includes engineers, architects, city or urban planners, or other technical professionals.

To volunteer, or for more information on mentoring, contact Allison Marrs at or (248) 353-0735, ext. 121.

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